And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke 2:12
In the dark of the night, in the back of a cave, a Baby was wrapped in swaddling cloth and lying in a manger. Some say newborns are the most tangible slice of heaven humans ever get to hold here on earth. Have you ever had the privilege?
I still marvel at how my heart ached with joy the first time I held our newborn daughter and stared into her painfully angelic face. It is hard to describe the utter perfection, unbelievable innocence, and palpable grace I felt were lying there in my lap for me and all the world to see, touch, and feel. These intangible riches from heaven were made tangible to see with my own eyes, touch with my own hands and feel with my own heart!
I can only imagine what it would have been like to behold the infant King (this sign from God!) knowing He was the Messiah sent to redeem the world. I can only dream what it would have been like to hold Him as a newborn baby…perfection incarnate, the most innocent of innocents to His dying day, and so full of promise for all the nations. No pressure!
In this case, God literally did send a slice of heaven down to earth. He sent a piece of paradise for them to actually SEE, TOUCH and FEEL…His magnificent Son, Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, the Prince of Peace, and Savior of all who call upon Him. And while we cannot as readily see Him or touch Him today, we can experience Him with our hearts just as deeply. His name means, after all, “God with us!”
Honestly, God?! The fact that you would even bother to take on human form for our sake, let alone chase each one of us to offer abundant life out of love will forever blow my mind! This Advent season, we are again invited to reflect on His ferocious love with humble, grateful hearts.
It’s not surprising that newborn babe began His life in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, with wise men searching for Him over two thousand years ago…
Wise souls still seek Him.
– Nicole Vermeer