THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

December 23, 2010

Two Christmas Miracles

I am not so naive as to think that Jesus was born on December 25, but when celebrated on any date, the incarnation of Jesus Christ and entry into this world is the miracle of miracles–a mystery that hailed the redemption of the earth and brought tidings of great joy to all people.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you: you will find the baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”  (Luke 2:8-14 ESV)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:6,7 ESV)

The Word–Jesus–became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14) in the fullness of God’s timing (Galatians 4:4)–at exactly the right time.  The hour of God’s deliverance always comes at exactly the right time. There is no guesswork about it…God knows exactly where we are and exactly what we need.

As for the second Christmas miracle, we do have another historical account, but this one fell exactly on December 25, 1776: General George Washington and his troops miraculously crossed the Delaware River to evade surrounding armies and to invade the Hessian forces at Trenton. This Christmas miracle preserved the Continental army to eventually secure and establish our newly birthed nation. At exactly the right moment, God delivers. Our trust, hope, expectation, and deliverance are in Him and Him alone. This Christmas, I am praying that God will deliver us once again and that His people will seek that wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption that is in the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:30,31) who was born that Christmas Day. May God once again bless America as we put our trust in Him and may you and yours have a blessed and merry Christmas.


1 Comment »

  1. Thursday in MO, December 23, 2010

    Dear Mr. Hite:
    Our family responds by saying,
    “Praise the Lord for these (and
    all) MIRACLES!”
    Merry Christmas (Matthew 1:21),
    the Williams’

    Comment by the Williams Family — December 23, 2010 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

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