God incarnated into the normal
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by … Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s …” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child …”
Would we have recognised Him?
Do we now?
v17 “When they had seen him …”
The Message says “Seeing was believing”
There was more pomp and circumstance in the fields of the hill outside Bethlehem than on the Saviour Christ the Lord.
It was like the social media advert about the Church service coming up didn’t actually at first sight match up to all the stupendous promises.
There was no gold, frankincense and myrrh. That would not happen till maybe two years later when the baby is referred to as a child and when the child is not in a manger but in a house.
There was no message. There was no music.
There were signs of poverty.
The baby was just a baby. He didn’t wink or give the thumbs up sign.
But Zechariah says we should not despise the day of small things.
God’s work is done “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit”.
A frightening thought this might be, but you and I may have been one of those who went and said “That’s not God.” We may have been a tad disappointed.
Can you believe that what you see in your church are the hallmarks of God?
Maybe in your church there isn’t a lot of powerful demonstrations of the heavenlies as on that Bethlehem hillside, maybe it is just ‘normal’ and maybe your faith in God is just normal.
But don’t turn away from what you describe as normal because God could well be there, hidden and humble, meek and mild but ready …!