Every year I’m more undone at Christmastime than I was the year before.
My eyes and heart are opened just a little further.
I take in a fraction more of the magnitude and glory of what God did in the moment when He emerged into our reality in human form. A baby. Jesus.
My daughter and I have been researching and studying the solar system lately.
Through this process, we’ve read books repeatedly and watched a variety of videos about the universe.
The magnitude of this creation (to which we’re largely oblivious in our daily lives) is literally staggering.
Most of us aren’t in the habit of remembering moment by moment that we’re whizzing through space at 1,000 miles per hour. We don’t often think about our earth is a tiny part of a solar system, which is a tiny part of a galaxy, which is an infinitesimal part of universe, which by some theories is nothing more than a tiny blip in an infinite sea of universes.
All this magnitude includes innumerable stars, surrounded by innumerable planets.
We are insignificant. Is earth the only planet with forms of life? We have no idea.
But what we do know is this: God came here.
Jesus died once, for all time. On our lowly earth.
Hebrews 9:27-28 says,
And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. (NLT)
Do we understand the significance that God placed on our lives when He came?
Do we understand the love He showed us by that humble-beyond-all-reason act?
Not as much as we could, with His help.
And if we can expand our hearts and minds to take this in on a new level, it’ll lead us into a most utter worship.
It’ll lead us into a heart fuller than we could’ve imagined and a gratitude that compels us to lay down our lives for Jesus. It’ll allow us to cut free from sin and run for eternity, leaving the idols of the world in our dust.
John 3:16 says,
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (NLT)
Of all this incomprehensibly massive and glorious creation, everything hinges here –-in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus, all reality came to head.
The mystery, depth and profundity of God made man is beyond words.
If you open your heart to the wonder of the birth of our Savior, it’ll change you.
Can I challenge you to do that this advent and Christmas season? Can I ask you to let the weight of this love overcome you? Can I ask you to worship like you’ve never worshiped before?
Perhaps that means finding an advent Bible reading plan (the Bible app has many for free). Or perhaps it means reading one of the gospels in the month of December.
As you spend time ingesting these truths, may God’s Spirit lift your eyes from the seen to the unseen this Christmas like never before.
In Him and for His glory,
Philippians 2:6-11 says of Jesus,
“Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.” (NLT)
Hebrews 2:14-15 says,
“Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.”