Salvation Came

I had a sort of epiphany last night, climbing late past three sleeping little ones and into my top bunk nest.

Christmas is, of course, a celebration- a commemoration- of the birth of Jesus Christ, who was God himself in human form, into the world.

We sing about that Silent Night and how the baby Jesus slept Away in a Manger, and that with Him came Joy to the World.

We know the Christmas story back and front, and there are just about a million child-re-enacted versions of the Nativity story on Youtube.

But I last night, as I settled into the space between the wall and the mountain of clothes that I can never quite deal with when I’m home, I realized it was not always like that.

We say now, easily, that the Savior has come. And that’s right, because He has. He did. At Christmas. That’s exactly what we celebrate.

I have never lived a day of my life that the Savior had not already come, that a way had not already been for me to know God personally, to be saved.

But before His birth, before that night in a stable, Salvation had not come. God existed, of course. God saved, surely. But salvation in God among us, God become man, God so very tangible that people actually touched Him?

That had not yet come.

And as I fought the ball of blankets that had knotted itself at the bottom of my bed, I had a sudden taste of the shocked, marveling, speechless joy that contemporaries of Christ experienced when they encountered the significance of His birth.

Salvation had finally come.

And with that realization, the thrill of excitement that I felt thinking about it, I understood just a little more the earth-shattering, earth-redeeming, earth-saving significance of Christmas.

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”

– Simeon, upon seeing the infant Jesus. Simeon longed for the salvation of Israel, and he recognized God’s Son when he laid eyes on Him (Luke 2).



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Grandma S.
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 08:04:05



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