Scripture references are from Matthew 1 and Luke 1
God loves us so much that He will interrupt our lives and every single one of our plans so that He may intervene with the fullness of His grace and truth, love and power.
God has always done this to call His people to Himself. Jesus Christ interrupts our own broken and sinful ways of doing things as He comes to intervene in our lives with His grace and truth, love and power for all eternity.
Jesus did just this through His birth in a manger on His way to the cross.
Mary, a young virgin pledged to marry Joseph, was suddenly and shockingly visited by the angel Gabriel who told her that she will be with child; that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and the power of the Most High will overshadow her and the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
Mary’s response: “I am the Lord’s servant…May your word to me be fulfilled.”
These weren’t Mary’s plans, but God totally interrupted her life, to intervene in her life – and in the lives of everyone who would believe – with His grace and truth, love and power.
Joseph’s plans for his life were also suddenly and shockingly interrupted when he found out that Mary was with child. Yet, even in the hurt and betrayal he must have felt, Joseph planned to quietly divorce Mary so she would not be publicly disgraced. However, before Joseph could carry out his plan, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, telling him to not be afraid to take Mary home as his wife; assuring him that “what is conceived in Mary is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Joseph’s response: He did all that the angel of the Lord had commanded him.
These weren’t Joseph’s plans, but God totally interrupted his life, to intervene in his life – and in the lives of everyone who would believe – with His grace and truth, love and power.
May we each choose to let God interrupt our plans, interrupt our lives, interrupt our worries and our self-focused thinking – and even interrupt our usual ways of doing Christmas – so that we may allow the full grace and truth, love and power of our Savior Jesus Christ to interrupt and intervene in our lives. May we each respond in awe and thankfulness, and put our full faith in Jesus, our Immanuel, God with us – who interrupted and intervened against all the powers of hell – to be born to us so vulnerably as a baby in a manger with the purpose to die humbly and sacrificially on a cross for the forgiveness of our sins.
Christmas and the cross of Jesus are fully intertwined as God’s greatest gifts to all who would believe. Jesus put aside all His heavenly glory to come to us here on earth – interrupting and intervening in the time-space continuum. Jesus came to save us from our sins. Jesus came so that we would each know the fullness of God’s interrupting and intervening grace and truth, love and power in each of our lives! Every day of our lives! Today, at Christmas, and forever.
Have a beautiful, wonder-filled, God-interrupting, God-intervening Christmas!