Christmas Birth Pangs and Silent Grace

by Andrew Jewell

Much of what we hear see and understand about Christmas, how we experience it and revere it comes from our exposure in early childhood. Our familiar images and sentiment girded with soft moon and candlelight and the stillness of the quiet evening air.

A babe in a manger born into a stable surrounded by farm animals to ostracised parents shunned from the door of the inn. We have visions of starry nights, sweet Angelic song and  imperturbable homage from strangers.

It is an enduring image of peace and serenity that has lasted throughout the ages, a testimony for God’s love and His desire to save and dwell among us.

But on reflection, today I’d like to pose another idea. An idea that not so much talks about the stillness of God’s peace that arrived with the birth of Christ, that silent Grace. No, rather too the lead up to it, those first Christmas birth pangs that sounded over and shook the Earth and Creation with the coming Messiah.

I wonder if it sounded or felt something like this;

Psalm 29:1-9

Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning.The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!” – Psalm 29:1-9 

You see for me it isn’t just about stillness (and it certainly is about that too), but also about the movement. The Revelation and the shaking of a fallen world to receive the Son of God in the Flesh. The declaration from the animals of the Earth –‘The King is Here, Rejoice!’, the bowing  of the palm tree to the authority of Grace in the Flesh and the deafening silence that I imagine reigned in Heaven- much like the aftermath of a huge party. The whisper of the Angels murmur –‘it is done!’.

Just as we read about the voice of the Lord shaking the desert and young calves leaping, so too surely the announcement of such arrival. The excitement and fervour in the Father’s voice would indeed thunder in His Holiness and break the great cedars of Lebanon.

Christmas isn’t just about the peace He bought with Him but what that coming mean’t to an Earth and it’s peoples crying out to be returned to Him.

It’s about the Father’s joy manifest for us on Earth. About the commencement of a returning of His Kingdom. A brilliant, effervescent delight called from the hilltops in His name with great joy shouting;

‘Rejoice, for He has come!’

Blessings – Andrew 

© Andrew Jewell www.wedgetailministries.com 

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