The Weekly Breather: Jesus is Born in Us
Settle Yourself: Release
Find a comfortable spot to be with God.
I can’t imagine a Christmas season without the joy of singing, “O, Little Town of Bethlehem.” The familiar last verse reads:
O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel
It reminds me that an angel came to Mary and announced that the Holy Spirit had placed a seed inside of her that would grow to be the Savior of the world. Jesus would be alive and developing inside of Mary’s womb. Mary replied to the angel saying, “How can this be?”
I am coming to a deeper understanding of the fact that Jesus also lives in me. I too ponder, “How can this be?” In my younger Christian journey, I felt as if Jesus was more “out there somewhere” than actually an indwelling presence with myself.
Listen: Rest in the Word
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Luke 1:26–38 (NIV)
How do you sense the presence of Jesus?
Is He out there somewhere, up in heaven, or can you recognize Him with you and in you?
Mary was troubled and afraid at the announcement of the angel. How do you feel when you try to grasp the deep significance of Jesus living in you?
Can you ask Jesus to descend on you today in a fresh way as you sit and ponder the mystery of His birth, not only in a manger but in your heart?
O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend on me I pray
Cast out my sin and enter in
Be born to me today. Amen