Monday, 25 December 2017 01:50

The Miracles of Christmas: A Christmas Devotional

Martin Luther loved Christmas. He celebrated the birth of Jesus because he knew the salvation Jesus had already won for him on the cross.

“This is a great miracle that the shepherds should have believed his message. They might easily have thought to themselves, ‘Are we shepherds worthy that the whole host of heaven should be marshaled for us and all the kings of the earth and the dwellers in Jerusalem be passed by?” I know I would have appealed to common sense and I would have said, ‘Who am I compared to God and angels and kings? It is an apparition.’ ... Our God begins with angels and ends with shepherds.

Why does He do such preposterous things? He puts a Babe in a crib. Our common sense revolts and says, ‘Could not God have saved the world some other way?’ ... The Christian faith is foolishness. It says that God can do anything and makes him so weak that either his Son had no power or wisdom or else the whole story is made up. Surely the God who in the beginning said, ‘Let there be light. Let there be a firmament. Let the dry land appear.’ could have said to the devil “Give back my people, my Christians.’ God does not even send an angel to take the devil by the nose. He sends, as it were, and earthworm lying in weakness, helpless without his mother, and he suffers him to be nailed to a cross. The devil says ‘I will judge him.’ So spoke Caiaphas and Pilate, ‘He is nothing but a carpenter.’ and then in his weakness and infirmity he crunches the devil’s back and alters the whole world. He suffered himself to be trodden under the foot of man and be crucified and through weakness he takes the power and the Kingdom. (from Martin Luther’s Christmas Book, ed. Roland Bainton)

Yes, our Savior was born in a manger in Bethlehem! Merry Christmas!

Contributed by: Dr. John Brandt, Executive Director
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