For all of our celebrations of Christmas, we seldom catch the startling contrasts involved: that the holy angels should sing to some notorious shepherds, that the Lord of the universe should be tucked away in a cattle trough. But it is in these contrasts that the miracle of Christmas and all of its good news lies. The God "who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist" (Rom. 4:17), who "chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are" (1 Cor. 1:28), has come into your darkness because he has chosen you. As they sang to the shepherds, the angels sing to you: "For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord"--the Lord of all the worlds.