Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Invisible God Made Visible . . .

One of my favorite Christmas songs, written by Mark Lowry, is Mary Did You Know. There is something about this song that resonates in my spirit. The questions the song poses to Mary are quite soul searching. The line I love the best is:

Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you’ve kissed your little baby,
Then you’ve kissed the face of God?”
I think, what if I were Mary, chosen to be the mother of the one who would deliver and reconcile the world to God. The one who would be God’s blameless and perfect sacrifice, the one to rule the nations—I certainly would entertain a zillion questions and perhaps my heart would pang every time I thought about my baby being the Savior for a sinful world.

I’d study his eyes intently, this child God put into my womb, whom I gave birth to, and would hope against hope to understand the will of God.

Mary, however, “. . .treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart,” (Luke 2:19). And to the angel, who gave her the message, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” She replied, “May it be to me as you have said.”

Simple innocents accepting an extraordinary task from God. Mary would bring into the world the invisible God, incarnate in Christ, to make his powerful love discernible to all people.

This is what Christmas is about, the miraculous gift of Jesus through the Virgin’s birth. Mary and Joseph’s courage, strength, and faith to know this was a God moment in history, one not to be missed or to shrink away from even if the circumstance seemed troublesome.

Scripture says, “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord [God] had said through the prophet [Isaiah]: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, ‘God with us.’” (Luke ; Brackets for clarity)

Like any mother, who labors to bring her child into the world, I’m confident she, too, tenderly pressed her lips upon his forehead and again on his cheek—possibly not grasping the full significance of when she did, she indeed kissed the face of the invisible God.

God did step down from Heaven’s glory and entered the realm of time to present himself to us. “For nothing is impossible with God,” (Luke 1:37).

As you prepare for Christmas, allow the reality of the invisible God, who made himself visible through his most dear and precious gift of his Son, impregnate your spirit and your celebration of a birth, long ago. which spans across generation to generation.

God, knowing the free will of humanity, understood there would be those who would decide to love him, or not. To believe he is who he is, or not. To accept, by faith, his desire to be known and to save people from the second death. Yet he still touched earth with his love.

Our Lord God was and is motivated by his unconditional love for his creation. A sacrificial love, which we cannot define with mere words.

Celebrating Christmas is about understanding God’s heart to not condemn the world, but to save the world through his Son. (See John 3:17)

Christmas is a reminder . . .that “ . . .God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life,” (John 3:16).

Did you listen to the song? Which verse is your favorite?

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