Christmas Is for Those Who Need It Most
Night has broken. Dawn has given way to light. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. And he is called wonderful Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father. Prince of peace.
Our Advent longing has given way to Christmas joy.
Charles Wesley penned these words to capture this miracle of incarnation:
"Come to earth to taste our sadness Thou whose glories knew no end By Thine life, You bring us gladness Our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend Leaving riches without number Born within a cattle’s stall This the everlasting wonder Christ was born the Lord of all!"
Eighteen years ago, a singer/songwriter by the name of Chris Rice captured the miracle of the incarnation this way:
Welcome To Our World Tears are falling Hearts are breaking How we need to hear from God You've been promised We've been waiting Welcome holy Child Welcome holy Child
Hope that You don't mind our manger How I wish we would have known But long-awaited holy Stranger Make Yourself at home Please make Yourself at home
Bring Your peace Into our violence Bid our hungry souls be filled Word now breaking heaven's silence Welcome to our world Welcome to our world
Fragile finger sent to heal us Tender brow prepared for thorn Tiny heart whose blood will save us Unto us is born Unto us is born
So wrap our injured flesh around You Breathe our air and walk our sod Rob our sin and make us holy Perfect Son of God Perfect Son of God Welcome to our world
Chris Rice © 1995 Clumsy Fly Music (Admin. by Word Music Group, Inc.) All rights reserved. CCLI License # 451603
I have always been struck by that line. Rob our sin and make us holy. The way that Jesus robs our sin is not through the serenity of the incarnation, though miraculous it was. The way that Jesus robs us of our sin is to be made sin by the Father, so that through his substitution we might be made right with the Father.
Bill Camp put it this way:
He was born a Prophet, Priest, and King. A Prophet because he spoke to man on behalf of God; a Priest because he would both offer the ultimate sacrifice and be that sacrifice; a King because he would rise from the dead and sit on his throne and rule the nations. (The Magi realized this before his own people.) And because he shall reign forever and ever, because every noble dream is realized under his crown and scepter, we can truly say "Merry Christmas!" All will soon be put right. (via)
Beloved, lean into the mystery and joy today. Enjoy the gifts, the laughter, the food, the fellowship. Enjoy them for what they are: not substitutes for abiding joy, but foretastes of everlasting joy. Because the gift of God's Son is celebrated this day. Rejoice and be glad. Know that whatever you have lost, it will be repaid infinitely in Christ. Whatever you have received, it cannot ever substitute for Christ.
Merry Christmas, dear friends. Merry Christmas.
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