by Jennifer Kennedy Dean
A Redeemer grew in Mary’s womb; a body was knit together that would house the Prince of Peace. All the power heaven holds was contained in a body built of earth’s stuff—all for the determined purpose of overcoming the death that held me in its thrall and made me its captive.
The genius of the plan astounds me. The King of kings came incognito to slip behind enemy lines undetected. No one could have guessed that a newborn baby’s frail flesh veiled the One who was eternally existent. Like the leaven in a lump of dough; like a seed putting down roots and progressively revealing “first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head” (Mark 4:28 NIV); the kingdom’s King appears quietly, without fanfare, and steadily overcomes obstacles. One person at a time, He establishes the Kingdom and institutes His kingship. Heaven has entered earth in the most surreptitious way.
“Barely a ripple in the course of mankind’s doings, yet a rip that reverberated through the heavenly realms and changed the balance of power for all eternity. With a battle cry that sounded to earthly ears like a newborn baby’s whimper, You set in motion my redemption. The sound heard in the heavens that first Christmas moment was a victory shout that rattled the enemy’s forces and insured their defeat.“ (Pursuing the Christ: Prayers for Christmastime)
In the Incarnation, we see God’s flair for the unexpected. A little couple in a little village in a little nation on a little planet becomes the setting into which the Grand Eternal Plan appears, and from which the defeat of our soul’s enemy is set in motion.
It has always been and will always be His way: big grows out of small. The seemingly insignificant gives birth to the life-changing display of His power. So, we learn to live on the alert. We learn to value the moment and embrace the mundane. We practice the art of seeing beyond that which meets our senses to the eternal assessment. We let life unfold until the glory of the ordinary is revealed.
When Christmas is packed away and out of sight for another year, the reality of Christ remains unpacked and fills me with a new vantage point for all of the events and circumstances I will encounter. My big, big God works His big, big plans through small moments and commonplace circumstances. I live large by embracing small.
Adapted from Pursuing the Christ: Prayers for Christmastime by Jennifer Kennedy Dean Prayinglife.org