We hear the whisper of Christmas in God’s promise to Abraham. As God shaped the life of Abraham, He made a promise that through Abraham all the nations of the earth shall be blessed (Gen 12:3).
“I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3, ESV)
This blessing of God’s promise came through faith (Gen 15:6), and the power of this blessing flowed through the “Seed” of Abraham (Gal 3:15-16). The coming of Christ at Christmas marks the glorious work of God’s grace which He promised to Abraham.
Today, we celebrate the glorious promise of God fulfilled in the birth of Jesus. We are no longer foreigners to the family of heaven. Through faith in Jesus, God gives us home with Himself. The shadows of our shame in sin scatter in the light of Christmas.
The Christmas story is a celebration of the great reversal. The chill of winter thawed and the veil of death’s darkness shattered. A day of victory exploded on the scene that would change lives and hearts forever. God’s love, His power, His peace, and His purpose invaded our world in an unprecedented way.
Hope has found a home in a manger. Life has been born with the crying of the Christ-child surrounded by singing angels, shining stars, and smiling worshipers. The veil that hovered over humanity has been torn. God has unleashed His plan to bless any and all who would receive this Gift.