Friday, December 25, 2015
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John 1:14(NLT)
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, Titus 2:11(NLT)
This morning the waiting in Advent is ended.
Just like that, with the first cries of a newborn baby, darkness has become light; life celebrates the completion of its long vigil, and the trees clap their hands for joy, while the rocks trumpet out the praise of Messiah’s arrival. The ground, cursed from Eden’s fall has been reclaimed and death’s grip on humanity has been pushed aside like a feather blown by a hurricane.
God has put on human flesh, and the universe can never be the same.
For the past several weeks, lines and phrases from a Gaither Song, “Little One”, have been invading just about every waking hour of my thoughts. One line in particular echoes what John said about how the Word became flesh. On that night in the stable Joseph takes the newborn child and sings to him:
Little one; in the morning when you waken,
the world will find that God has taken form.
There is nothing quite like the tremendously overwhelming awakening that happens to a first-timer when you see the child that has come to be placed in your care. I’m convinced nobody has ever been ready for it.
The first time I looked at our first child I was awestruck. She was placed in my arms, and I almost fainted for fear that I’d drop her. I didn’t, but it was a joy-filled and holy moment; one I’ve not forgotten in forty-four and a half years; one I could never forget if I lived to be a thousand.
But how much more amazing and profound to hold God in your arms! When Jesus entered Mary and Joseph’s world it was the first time ever that heaven and earth were truly united as one. In Jesus dwelt all the Godhead; that little baby was fully man-fully God…and he chose to be one with us.
There is simply no greater expression of love.
On this Christmas Day I trust you will find some moments to ponder the gift that is freely offered to whosoever will… and take time to wonder over the mystery that He not only comes to us in flesh; He came to dwell within OUR flesh.
Now, that’s a Christmas present worth unwrapping!
You chew on that out on that Rocky Road today…and have a joy-filled and blessed day!
A very blessed and wonderful Christmas Day from the Brownworth clan