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To one who has not yet an ear to the wind of God’s voice or perhaps possesses a heart that still hasn’t opened to the truth of God, the figurative “jump” from looking at life from an earthly and temporal point of view to the perspective of the spiritual and eternal realm may be a hard one indeed. For one such as this who might have lived in the days of Jesus’ first physical arrival on earth (the second yet forthcoming), the deep of night surrounding the Judean countryside and wrapped about little Bethlehem would truly have seemed silent.
But the silent night of Bethlehem turns out to have been in fact a night full of noise and light… much of which perhaps would have escaped the notice of all of the race of mortal men but for the ones to whom God’s special messengers stooped down and “tapped on the shoulder.”
The human race, besieged by both a merciless deafness of spirit and a profound blindness of the soul, could not have anticipated the Hope that had come into the world, wrapped in not only swaddling clothes but also the fragile, yet perfect flesh of the newborn King of kings!
What blazing and radiant light must have dazzled in the night sky above those poor, unsuspecting shepherds! Any who may have turned in for the night would have been suddenly wide awake, shielding their eyes from the brilliant glory of the Lord that shone about the holy angels that had come to proclaim the Savior’s birth!
On any other night their ears would have found only the silent sounds of a slumbering world, yet what amazing noise there must have been as the harmony of that great host of heaven’s citizens lifted up together their mighty voices in song!
But, in spite of the glorious splendor of both the glowing countenance of the heavenly choir and the matchless melody of their awesome music, the loudest noise yet ever heard on planet earth was the crying of a wee little baby born in a barn. That same voice would, in time, cry out again as the life of its Bearer ebbed and flickered out while lifted up on a cold, cruel cross. That same voice, the voice belonging to “the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David” (Revelations 5:5), will speak again and all the turmoil of the world will be stilled under His perfect and holy lordship (see Revelations 19:11-16).
That night in Bethlehem wasn’t so silent and still after all. The hand of God was moving, the love of God was flowing, the power of God was working… and the world was too deaf and blind to take much note of it all. Even after two thousand years have passed, we seem to languish still in deafness and blindness, unaware that the hand of God is STILL moving, the love of God is STILL flowing, and the power of God is STILL working.
Does heaven seem silent to you? Does its light elude your sight? Have a care to not listen with your earthly ears nor to look with mere eyes of flesh. His love for you was proven once and for all on the cross that He endured to pay for our sin. His love for you is steadfast and sure for the heart of God is steadier and more trustworthy than are the foundations of the earth itself. His love for you is far more profound and deep than is the bottom of earth’s oceans.
So don’t look for Him with either eyes or ears of flesh. Don’t judge Him with the distorted evidence that your limited circumstances supply you. Take Him at His word. Trust Him with your life. Turn to Him without delay.
After all, isn’t that what Christmas is REALLY all about? Isn’t it REALLY about how God’s love interrupted humanity’s race towards self-destruction? Isn’t it about God’s refusal to NOT wash His hands of us but to reach inside His creation in order to build us a bridge that we could not build for ourselves? Isn’t that what we are REALLY celebrating when we celebrate Christmas?
In the houses of our hearts, let us for a moment strip away all the things that are cluttering up our lives, and instead look to place Jesus at the center. If we take away presents from under the tree, the lawn ornaments, the lights on the eaves of our houses, what do we have left? If we take away turkey dinners and sugar cookies, not to mention piles of Christmas cards, what is it that remains? Can we even have Christmas without these things? Can we do without ol’ Saint Nick, His reindeer, and magical talking snowmen?
Yes… of course we can. Those things are fine and fun… but let us not allow them to so enthrall our hearts that we fail to see the light of Jesus which shines still though the world is darkened by hate, greed, malice, lust, and envy! Let us not fail to hear the music of His voice as He speaks into our lives His words of hope, invitation, and transformation, though the voices of the world jabber and shout at us all day, every day.
Allow this Christmas to be an occasion for seeking God’s face, His love, His power, and His lordship. Let it be as much a start for something new in your life as was the arrival of the Christ Child in the little town of Bethlehem so long ago.
“Simeon took Him (the baby Jesus) in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord… my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to Your people Israel’” (Luke 2:28-32 NIV).
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May Jesus shine brightly through the Christmas season and throughout the year. Shine Jesus to the World. Thanks.
a awesome anointed CHRISTmas message! "Allow this Christmas to be an occasion for seeking God’s face, His love, His power, and His lordship. Let it be as much a start for something new in your life as was the arrival of the Christ Child in the little town of Bethlehem so long ago." “Simeon took Him (the baby Jesus) in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord… my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to Your people Israel’” (Luke 2:28-32 NIV). Beautiful words and Bible verses!!! In Christ Jesus, Dee "Numbers 6:24,25,26"