Dr. Marty Bilderback - Christmas Eve – “Anticipation”
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger…” – Luke 2:6-7 (NIV)
Christmas Eve has always been one of those days that seem to always drag on and on, especially through a child’s eyes. Tomorrow will never come! I can remember trying to make myself fall asleep as quickly as I possibly could, because tomorrow was Christmas! I was excited to think of what gifts I would have under the tree in the morning. Just think of the excitement and anticipation the Israelite nation had looking forward to the coming of the Messiah! But no one was looking for a baby, especially one born in a stable.
It was a clear night, a quiet night, and a young couple tired from traveling was trying to find a place to stay and rest—any place will do. A stable? Jesus was about to be born and look who is to witness this great event. Not kings or priests, but donkeys, sheep and goats and maybe a chicken or two. But who was there besides these wonderful creatures—a young man, Joseph, whose faith and love was trying to comfort his betrothed Mary. Mary is a young, nervous, but faithful servant to GOD who is willing to deliver our Savior, the baby Jesus.
As we anticipate tomorrow, let us have the faith of Joseph and Mary, and let us tell others about this young couple who had nothing, but still gave their total devotion to serving God. Tomorrow is not about getting gifts from each other, but a day to praise God for giving mankind the greatest gift of all, Jesus, a baby in a stable wrapped in swaddling cloth. Our Savior!
- Dr. Marty Bilderback, Associate Professor of HPER