The manger scene is a wonder to ponder with the poorest of the poor in the shepherds and the richest of the rich in the magi. What a spectrum of humanity it is. Not unlike our own spectrum of Salvation Army bells ringing for donations and registers ringing up designer gadgets and clothing. Yet we will all come to “the moment.” And it will be the same moment for us all, rich or poor.
The gifts will all been opened, and the glee for the “next” will subside. From the meager gifts of the Angel Tree recipients to the gaudy gifts of the materialists, the packages will lie unwrapped in a heap, exposed for what they are: more stuff.
And then the moment comes. The manger moment. In that split second we ask, we all ask, whether young or old, wealthy or wanting, we ask, “is this all there is?”
This is the very answer they were given at the manger. Here, wrapped in his mother’s arms, “is all there is.” Jesus is the all in all. He is the first and the last. The rich who became poor only to become rich. He is ancient of Days who became a newborn, the servant who became King. The crucified who rose again. He is the embodiment of the question “is this all there is?” To which He boldly answers, Yes I am. I am the way the truth and the life.
A new song on the radio declares a glorious truth much like the angels did on that first morning: “our Salvation has a name.”
He is Jesus, Savior,
Son of God, the King of Kings.”
Our salvation has a name.
Precious Lord of Everything.
Our whole world’s about to change,
And it will never be the same.
He is one thing that binds us all together… “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10 Beyond the gifts, and the goodies, and the yummies, and the laughter, tears, torment, and longings, Jesus is the great joy that fills in our spirits like no gift card can. Jesus is joy. And He is ours for the taking, if we will only believe.
Don’t miss the answer of the manger moment. Our world will never be the same. Your world will never be the same.