“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David;
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming in, he said to her, 'Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.'
Mary said to the angel, 'How can this be, since I am a virgin?'
The angel answered and said to her, 'The HOLY Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the HOLY CHILD shall be CALLED THE SON OF GOD."
I've replayed this scene in my mind repeatedly. The shock. How perplexed Mary must have been. Then, the days after the angel Gabriel left when she started noticing the pouch in her stomach and the changes in her body. And she knew. She knew she had not been with a man. And there was no way to convince anyone. Except the angel of the Lord also spoke to Joseph in a dream and told him not to be afraid to take Mary; that indeed, she was carrying the HOLY CHILD OF GOD.
Then, after she had Jesus, He wasn't your typical little boy. If you're a parent, can you imagine having a perfect child?
Christ's holiness is perhaps best seen on the cross when instead of hurling retorts to those who crucified and mocked Him, He prayed, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing," Luke 23:34.
And it is He, HOLY JESUS, who intercedes for us; who knows so often we don't know what we're doing when we sin. And it is HOLY JESUS whose birthday we celebrate at Christmas.
How can we honor Him? By keeping Him at the forefront of our children's and grandchildren's minds; by keeping HIM the center of our attention.
HOLY Lord Jesus, we praise and worship You. We honor and adore You. We love You. Help us focus on You and point others to YOU this season.