Have you ever wondered like me, how it was in Heaven just before Christ left to come to Earth as a babe in the manger. Max Lucado obviously has too, for he wrote a book about it called Cosmic Christmas. Here is what the inside cover says . . .
. . .do we know the whole story? What about the hidden happenings that might have led up to the Savior's birth? Was the arrival of Jesus a quietly profound event? Or could it have been the result of heavenly battles, angel armies, and a scheming Satan? Envision a confrontation in heaven between the King of creation and the rebellious Satan. Threats. Challenges. A gauntlet laid on the floor of the sky. And then the passage from heaven to earth. "There was a war in heaven" the Bible states in Rev. 12:7. Angels battling Satan's armies as they transport the essence of heaven itself.
The back cover reads. . .
The two stood facing each other, God robed in light, each thread glowing. Satan canopied in evil, the very fabric of his robe seeming to crawl. Satan rose slowly off his haunches. Like a wary wolf, he walked a wide circle toward the desk until he stood before the volume and read the word: Immanuel.
Immanuel? He muttered to himself. "God with us?" The hooded head truned squarely toward the face of the Father. "No. Not even you would do that. Not even you would go so far. The plan is bizarre! You don't know how dark I've made the Earth. It's putrid. It's evil, It's. . .
"It is mine," proclaimed the King. "And I will reclaim what is mine."
"Why?" Satan asked. "Why would you do this?"
The Father's voice was deep and soft. "Because I love them."
Wow! This gives me goose bumps. And you know what I think? Anyone out there who is wondering if they are worthy, please just let me shout a great big "Yes!" The angels and Satan battled in Heaven for you. God let a part of himself leave the comfort of a holy home to come to this Earth for you and for me. Why? Because He loves us. Yes, you are worthy. You are special. You are loved. Let's live our lives showing Him that we think He is worthy, that He is special, that He is loved by us.
As a new month begins, let's prepare our hearts by thanking Him, our Heavenly Father, for the battle that was won on our behalf, the battle that was fought before that very first Christmas tree went up, before there were wreaths on the doors and bells ringing from the churches.
Thank you Father for loving us so!
It is going to be a Merry Christmas