Read: Luke 2:5-7
Do you know what a paradox is? A paradox is when you have two words side-by-side that seem to be contradictory, but describe one idea. An example of a paradox is “Jumbo Shrimp.” Though this is a real thing, it seems silly because “Jumbo” means “big” and “shrimp” means small. Another apparent paradox is “Baby Jesus.” “Baby” has the notion of a dependent thing that is very young. Jesus (the Bible tells us) is God Himself, dependent upon no one and existing eternally. That said, Baby Jesus really came into the world when He was born at Bethlehem. This really happened because God wanted us to get to know Him and be with Him forever. Jesus fully identified with our existence, living through everything we have lived through . . . including childhood! Ultimately, Jesus real birth made it possible for Him to really die on the cross to really forgive us from our sins. Really.
Question of the Day: What do you find most remarkable about the Christmas story?
NOTE: Each day between now and Christmas, I will be posting these devotional thoughts concerning Advent to this blog. The artwork for each day is a product of children from Wildwood Community Church‘s Children’s ministry. You can also access these posts via the “wildwoodchildren” Instagram feed or Wildwood Community Church’s Facebook page.