Christmas, the celebration of “Emmanuel” – God with us. The Reality. The Promise. The Gift. Jesus!
No longer alone, no longer wondering, no longer hoping, for in the “fullness of time” God revealed Himself to man not as many had hoped but fully as God had intended. God’s plan was not the dreams and visions of man but rather a full expression of the wisdom of God.
For the shepherds sitting “alone” on the country hillside, that night was business as usual. But in the background all of Heaven was about to explode in the most perfect anthem that Handel could only hope to approximate in his Messiah. For nine months, all of heaven held their breath as they prepared for the fullest revelation of God to all of His creation. The mystery was about to be revealed!
Then Jesus was born. The curtains of heaven opened and the music was deafening as it rolled across the expanse of the universe, “Glory to God in the highest” as God’s most precious treasure, JESUS, made His physical debut to planet earth. The lynchpin of redemptive history was now set. The epic drama is now playing on the stage of human history and in the hearts of men. The shepherds’, the original recipients of the message, worshiped, glorified and praised God on that first Christmas.
What will be our response this Christmas? If you are looking for a Christmas worship service in Austin this season, come join us this month at Northside Church as we think through the reality of the God who is with us – Jesus.