In a pre-holiday surprise, flight controllers at NASA Mission Control had to revamp their plans for the remaining spacewalks scheduled for the space shuttle Endeavour. During a visit to the international space station, a crucial tool bag floated out to space during a repair trip. The briefcase sized tool bag drifted away from an astronaut as she cleaned and lubed a gummed up joint on a wing of solar panels on the space station. The errant tool bag will presumably float in space for a long time and then eventually reenter the earth’s atmosphere as a fiery speck. A sad ending for expensive government tools!
When I read this news article I wondered at how small things make the news when large things go untold. Things that matter the most are often hidden from public view.
Such was the case of Jesus’ birth over two thousand years ago. If Bethlehem had a newspaper on the day Jesus was born, it would have certainly carried a story about the unpopular tax grab by the Roman government or the lack of hotel rooms at an affordable price. Lost in the nothingness of the day’s news was the birth of the Son of God. And not that God didn’t give anyone advance notice. The prophets had predicted in detail the Messiah’s arrival at Bethlehem and the circumstances surrounding His birth. But when the day arrived no one was looking. The greatest birth event ever would have gone totally unnoticed if it were not for a star to lead the Magi and an angelic visitation to some sleepy shepherds on hillside.
Christmas 2013 could easily go by without acknowledging the real story, were it not for followers who were willing to share it. I pray that this Christmas, YOU will be one of them. I hope that you keep your family focused on the real celebration. And it is my hope that the people around you will catch a glimpse of what Christmas is really all about as well. At Christmas we are like the star that guided the Magi and the angels that announced Christ’s birth.
I know it’s not your typical Christmas passage, but God had a great plan to reunite us. John 3:16-17 tells us His plan, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
It’s the greatest news the world has ever heard. A savior has been born, He is Christ the Lord. The barrier between us and God can now be filled, by the cross. Yes, Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, but make no mistake, He came here to die for you, and for me. This Christmas, make sure the message of Christ, and the story of God’s love for us doesn’t get lost in space.