And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:7)

There is truly something “magical” about this season. I don’t mean it in the sense as of a conjurer’s illusion, nor that of a fairy tale. It’s not a spooky thing either. That would be trite. No, the magic of Christmas rests in this: that divinity could collide with humanity so silently. It’s like thermonuclear fusion with no explosion or an asteroid crashing into a barren landscape without sound. It’s akin to a giant supernova explosion lighting up the universe for eons yet leaving no gravitational waves. The magic is in the self-obliterating contrast of the supernatural when it flows into the natural, the extraordinary when it manifests in the ordinary and the miraculous when it breaks into the natural! To use a well-shod phrase, the silence of the Christmas story is absolutely deafening!

Jesus the King of kings, ruler of the universe was born under kings. As a matter of fact, two kings. Caesar Augustus then ruled the Roman empire and it was his edict that brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem to register under the jurisdiction of yet another king, Herod the Great. The village burst with humanity. Inns and taverns were filled until no room was to be found. And yet awash a sea of humanity, the king was born, unrecognized, unheralded and un-worshipped save by a few wise men and some shepherds! “He was in the world and the world was made through Him yet the world knew Him not. He came to His own and His own did not receive Him” (John 1: 10-11). 

But today, the silent miracle continues to blossom. Nearly a third of humanity follow Him. His birth marks the point in time that divides human history into two epochs. His teachings have formed the basis of western civilization for two millennia. Today wise men still seek Him. The miracles He brings continue in transformed lives, in healings, restored relationships, and in the transformation of communities and of nations. And one day when He comes again, every eye shall see, every tongue shall confess Him! You see the first coming was quiet. The second shall be glorious and very, very noisy!

Ps Dr Philip Lyn

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