My father called me a worry-wart when I was small. When we took a family trip, I sat in the rear of the station wagon, facing backwards. Dad noticed. As we’d drive off and left our home in the distance, I’d stare out the back window, noting every turn, every sign, colours, stores and houses. On the way home again, Dad called me to the front and sat me on his lap.
“You drive us home.”
I took the wheel and drove home. I knew how to get home. I could do it. I never wanted to get lost or loose the way home.
When I thought about Christmas, I thought that it’s all about finding the way home. “In the beginning God made heaven and earth.” God planned to connect earth to heaven, even though they were such opposite poles. So, he searched hearts to find the special woman to birth Jesus. He found Mary. Mary’s eyes focused upward on home”.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
It wasn’t a throne; it was an old, broken, well-used manger in a barn, where Jesus Christ, the new-born baby lay. His bewildered mother was awe-struck, she could only praise and thank God continually.
Mary knew without doubt, this baby was heavenly. She’d had no relationship with a man. Added angelic assurance was given by Gabriel (the angel who appears 4 times in history over hundreds of years). More than anyone in the whole world, Mary had assurance that this baby was the longed-for Messiah. The Saviour.
When our youngest daughter was in her teens, her curiosity arose; she wanted to know who her real birth mother was. She searched and found family members in a tiny village in rural India; but the connection was missing.
Our oldest son also wanted to know who his mother was. She was alive, at least for some time, but her whereabouts were unknown. Locating her was impossible. There was a deep yearning in him; but there was another missing connection.
I grew up going to church. The people, who attended church with me, questioned, “who is God?” I followed my heart to find “home.” I discovered that that my fear of getting lost was a deeper. What is home? What is family? What connection was I searching for?
Gen. 1:1 —”In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” The plan; to join the two together. The intersection of both through Jesus. Jesus was the 2nd person in the world, after his mother, to have 100% assurance that He, Himself, was the Messiah. As a twelve-year old boy, His parents lost him in Jerusalem. But he was not lost. When they found Him in the temple, His comment was;
“Didn’t you know I’d be in my father’s house?” Mary knew His father —God.
There was a time I didn’t believe in Jesus. I went to church, but didn’t “believe.” In fact, I didn’t even like God. But, after I met Him at a specific time and place, a specific day in my life —I was changed. Like Mary, I was 100% assured who Jesus is.
In childhood, I focused on an earthly home and family. Mary’s eyes were focused on a heavenly one. When opposite poles of magnets approach each other, they attract each other. Any north-south combination will pull them together. If you can think of earth and heaven as two opposite poles, you know they are attracted to each other. But how to cross such a vast, void and pull them together? God’s plan.
In the above manger scene, at the rear, a family peeps in, trying to see the baby in the broken manger. They know they are not worthy to view the Saviour of the World.
Sin. God ordered his creation to multiply and have dominion over all other creation. Angels were sent to protect them, lest they fall.
Even so, they fell. The burden of sin was a great weight on them. God did not create robots. People had their free choice, and a conscious… and “consequences.”
The plan: Jesus, God’s son, would be the sacrifice for sin.
“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth”; Jesus was there. Jesus knew the plan before he was born as a baby, yet being born in human form, he, like us, had to understand this relationship with God through prayer. Jesus spent many hours praying for God’s presence and revelation in his life. Born in a barn, he lay in a manger. Nothing could be more basic. Like us, Jesus grew. Jesus took on everything human, including our sorrows and weaknesses.
He had the whole mortal experience; yet, he was God.
Jesus, fully God, lived in the weakness of human form, including every human temptation. But he did not sin. He knew his course would lead him to death —followed by eternal life and freedom for all humans from the sting of death. He too, wanted to go “home.”
He promised that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life. It was for us, that He willingly and lovingly, drank the cup of suffering. Jesus, at the right hand of God, has prepared a house for us. I suppose that’s why the verse in Matthew 7:7
says; “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door shall be opened to you…”. It’s not an earthly door that you are knocking on; it’s the connecting door from earth to heaven.
It’s the way home.
John 14: 2:
“In my father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”