A senior angel was showing a junior angel around the immense
universe. Viewing the panorama of whirling galaxies and blazing
suns, they entered the Milky Way. As the two drew near to the star
we call our sun, senior angel pointed out a small planet, third from
I want you to watch that one in particular.
What's special about that one? It looks kind of dull
and dirty to me. Senior angel explained,
That planet, we call the
'Visited' planet. It is the only one that our great and glorious Prince
went down to in person. The little angel's face wrinkled in disgust,
Why? You mean to tell me that He stooped so low as to become
one of the creeping, crawling creatures on that puny ball? Senior
I do. And I don't think He would like you
calling them 'creeping, crawling creatures' with that tone of voice!
Strange as it may seem He loves them; so much so that He went
down to lift them to become like Him. To the dumbfounded
junior angel . . . the thought was incomprehensible.
Luther said that of all the mysteries in life one of the greatest was
the Incarnation of our Lord. John writes,
And the Word
became flesh and dwelt among us. And that Christ assumed
human nature in the womb of Mary should be a great marvel to us.
Like the little angel in the story it is beyond comprehension; indeed
a great mystery as we sing in the Advent hymn:
Savior of the Nations come; virgin's Son make here thy home.
Marvel now O heaven and earth, that the Lord chose such a birth.
Marvel now O heaven and earth . . . . David's seems to do just that in Psalm 8 when he asks,
What is man that you are mindful of
him? Why would God want to help me out when by nature I have
been totally rebellious to Him? This is indeed beyond
In his letter to the Romans Paul wrote,
But God demonstrates his
own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for
us. Again it is written,
But when the time had fully come God
sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem
those under law that we might receive the full rights of sons.
Marvel now . . . our God had a rescue mission planned out long
ago, a rescue promised to Adam and Eve, a deliverance that made
way for our restoration as saints of His kingdom. Why would God
do such a thing? The answer is love, love that flows from the heart
of God to the object(s) being loved, you and me without any merit
or worthiness in us at all. That's what Christmas is all about. And
it's why we may freely and wisely prepare for the final Advent
(coming) of our Lord. Therefore Zion . . . let us watch, prepare,
rejoice and behold. So that along with the shepherds we too may
O come let us adore Him!
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