Scripture Resource Passages: Luke 2 and Hebrews 12:1-2
Jesus has come! Hallelujah and Amen! Alpha and Omega moves toward humanity but without revelation’s thunder. Yes, He comes in the form of an infant. How odd of the God Who remains, the Lord of Surprises. Jesus arrives in a fashion we could not imagine. God provides a stunning strategy. Observant watchers still ponder the Christ’s birth.
In the 21stcentury any unborn child might be referred to by some, as the product of conception. When disciples and angels review what God has wrought through the Spirit and Mary, we refer to him as Jesus.
Disciples now celebrate Christmas morning. Much about the day of long ago remains hidden. We can speculate at the joy or pain Jesus might have felt at the arrival. Scripture remains silent on the issue of his soul’s experience at being born to Mary and Joseph. There are no direct passages which record his interior feelings.
Jesus was greeted, as Scripture records, with the presence of a loving mother and apparently supportive father who made as much preparation as possible. Truly, the details are minimal but Luke 2 certainly sounds like comfort and a warm embrace were waiting. We can wish that the same would be true for all infants. Sadly, even as we wonder about the interior soul of our Lord we can know troubling 21century truths.
Statistics, from a usually reliable source, document 2019’s birth-stories and describe a disastrous reality. Numbers for the 2020 plagued year of Covid-19 will fill future headlines. Three points document reality.
- Every day, some 7,000 babies die in the first month of life. In 2019, an estimated 2.4 million newborns died.
- Globally, worldwide about 810 women die each day from preventable complications related to pregnancy or childbirth.
- If current trends continue, 48 million children under the age of 5 are projected to die between 2020 and 2030, half of them newborns
Given the startling truths of conception, pregnancy, birth and life’s early years make it all the more startling that as Luke 2 reports, the Christ came to us an infant. If the 2019 statistics are accurate, what might have been the numbers at the time of Christ’s birth?
While there is not an explanation of the interior soul work of Jesus at his birth Scripture provides a careful explanation of Christ’s work among us; and, the explanation calls us to be filled with determination and conviction alongside the God of Surprises. “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.…”(Hebrews 12:1-2)
How important is your personal determination, spiritual conviction, and mental mindset?