There is the long, dusty trek to Bethlehem and the overcrowded Inn. Everyone had come to be counted, and so there was no room for the One who counts most.
The pivotal moment in the story where the Christ child is born, in a barn. The cows and the sheep and the camels and goats beheld His crowning into this world. And the angel appeared, in glory bright, to tell humble shepherds of the birth. They listen in awe as they are told of this Savior who has been born in the most humble of abodes, and then they witness the sky glow brightly as it fills with angels singing praises to God. How could they do anything but run to the birthplace they had been told about. Run, and worship. And in worshiping Him they go and tell.
This is what worship does; leaves us with hearts full and lips brimming to speak of Him and what we know of Him.
And so this Christmas we pull our little and big ones close and we tell them this story and try to press on their hearts and minds the awe of the Christmas story. But there is more, just a little bit more, that should be impressed on the hearts of our children when we share the story of Christ coming to earth.
Three things our children need to know about the Christmas story;
1. Jesus Christ is God incarnate. Such a big word; such a big thought. And yet, it is with childlike faith we are called and who better to grasp this than those whose faith we are called to emulate. This same Jesus we see, laying in a crude manger, this same Jesus is fully God. He was never anything less, and yet He was fully human. He is God, in flesh.
2. He fulfilled prophecy. Long before we see baby Jesus in flesh we can see His coming painted throughout the entire Old Testament. Since the beginning of time. His birth was a part of God’s plan to save mankind. God promised a Seed to Eve, He used Isaac as a breathtaking picture of what was to come, He spoke to the prophets who prophesied of the coming King; both of His coming birth and His death. God’s Word is true.
3. He came with purpose. The Lord Jesus was born to die. This is why He came. The sinless, spotless Son of God became man in full so that He could save sinful, spotted mankind in full.
Throughout the entire Old Testament we see blood sacrifices being offered – not to remove sin, but to cover sin. Without the blood there can be no forgiveness and so year after year after year blood flowed and sins were covered. But man could not get to God – only the High Priest, a man from the tribe of Levi, could offer this blood sacrifice for the covering of all the people. And year, after year, after year that is what he did.
Until God became flesh, lived among His created humanity, and then offered Himself – as the fulfillment of prophecy, of God’s plan to redeem – as the final blood sacrifice. His blood; sinless, pure, innocent. His blood does not cover sin – His blood washes sin away. The need for blood sacrifices ended. The thick veil that hid the glory of God where the High Priest offered the blood sacrifices, that veil tore from top to bottom when Christ Jesus died. He came so that everyone could have a relationship with God. His blood provides the access to God.