One instance, I remember, was a Mother Bear who was separated from her cubs. There had been a heavy rain that had come through and dropped large amounts of water, in a short period of time; the result was a flash flood.
The mother was on one side of the creek bed and the cubs were on the other. You could see the distress in the way the mother paced and moaned; the cubs too were obviously shaken.
Eventually, you see the mother bear begin to use debris to build a make-shift bridge. It was just enough to allow her to walk out, reach over and grab her cubs. She knew there was no way that her cubs would be able to get to her, without her first coming to them.
It was a very sweet, heart-tugging, precious thing; to watch a Parent Love their child so much, that they would do everything in their power to save them.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Throughout the Christmas Holiday, we hear and see the bible verse often. It speaks of Christ birth and the salvation of which he provides us.
We all know: Jesus was born to Mary (a virgin) and Joseph; he was born in a manger; his birth was humble and is celebrated now as Christmas.
Often, it is easy to get caught up in the “Holiday” itself and forget what the actual even truly meant.
God knew that we as humans, needed a savior. Before Christ, our access to God was much more difficult to achieve. He knew, for many to be saved and returned to him…he would need to provide a link, a bridge.
Today, while I was reading in Isaiah, a story I know well; the video that I mentioned above came to my mind.
Just as the Mother Bear knew her cubs could not get to her, unless she provided a way; God knew that we could not get to him, unless he provided a way.
So he did!
For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given…!
Jesus, is the link we were missing and the bridge that we needed! A child was not just simply born…a Savior was born and a bridge was built so that we could have a direct connection to our Father!!!
Christ and the Holy Spirit work as one, we no longer have to make physical sacrifices, or question our salvation…Christ has made it attainable to anyone and everyone!
Christmas all year-long
As you celebrate the holiday with excitement and anticipation, remember we are celebrating Christ’s first coming. It was prophesied, promised and fulfilled.
Guess what! Christ’s second coming is also prophesied and promised; it too will be fulfilled!
What if we lived out the other 364 days a year, with excitement and anticipation of this second coming?
The day is unknown and will come like a thief in the night, but it will be a glorious day! Just as the star lead to Jesus lying in a manger and his birth was celebrated by those expecting him, so will be the second coming. The day we get the chance to not only rest in the hands of our father, but to actually hold onto them in his physical presence!
Oh, what a glorious day that will be!