“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government is upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonder (footnote: as in signs and wonders – Miracle), Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9: 5 One New Man Bible
I wasn’t going to write a blog post this week, what with Christmas and leaving for SHINE and just having to prepare for all of that. However, this is so strong on my heart right now that I just have to write about it. The Hobbit movie review will continue next week.
I don’t know if I’ve ever had this much trouble getting in the Christmas spirit. Although I have been set free from the sense of sadness and depression I was having, it still hasn’t felt like Christmas exactly. Of course, it could have to do with the fact that instead of relaxing after Christmas, I will be boarding a plane to go to a weeklong convention bound to change my life. But still, I wanted the Christmas spirit so about five days ago, I asked the Lord why I was still having trouble. I heard Him almost immediately.
“You need everything to work out the way you think it’s supposed to and situations to come together and answers to become clear. That’s what Christmas has come to be about for you.”
Wow. That hit me. For a while now, I’ve said that I love Christmas because it makes me feel like everything is going to be ok. Whatever I’m going through is going to work out. And while that sense of hope and excitement is important, I made that more central than Jesus. So I asked Him what Christmas is really about.
“It’s about finding Me in every situation, in every moment. It’s about the Love I have for you to send down My Son. It’s about trusting that no matter what situation you’re in, I’m there. I’ve got it.”
Then I asked the Lord something I’ve been wondering for a while.
“Why does Christmas seem bigger than Easter? Isn’t Easter technically more important?”
And Jesus answered me, and He said, “Christmas represents the beginning of My life, and my life is just as important as my death.”
Which that kind of blew me away. Jesus’ death was the final battle, the climax in the story. He won us eternal, heavenly life, but through His earthly life, He showed us how we can live on earth, here and now. Jesus doesn’t just care about getting us to heaven. He cares about us right now. In this moment, wherever we are.
Jesus could have just come to earth and died. But He didn’t. He healed. He taught. He cast out demons. He subverted overly religious authority. While I never want to forget the majesty and wonder of His death on the cross, I also never want to lose the wonder of the beginning of His life on earth.
That brings me to this morning. Listening to one of Bethel’s cds, I landed on the song “Wonder” an amazing spontaneous worship song. The first part of the song says,
“May we never lose our wonder
Wide eyed and mystified
May we be just like a child
Staring at the beauty of our King”
I realized that sometime throughout the last or so I lost my childlike wonder at Christmas. My childlike wonder at Jesus, the King of the Universe, as a tiny baby surrounded by hay.
That scene, that imagery can sometimes become so cliché at times. When did I become immune to the manifest presence of Love bundled in swaddling clothes? When did the “feelings,” the traditions, the circumstances surrounding me become more important than my Love, here on earth? When did I forget the beauty of my King as a baby?
While “Wonder” is not really a Christmas song, I don’t think anything else fits more perfectly right now. I want everything about today, Christmas Eve, and tomorrow to be wrapped up in His presence. The only gift I want is my childlike wonder.
He loves you. He loves YOU! While baby Jesus lay there, wherever it was and during whatever time of the year it was, He already knew He was going to die for you. He already looked forward to the sermons He would give and the miracles He would do, knowing that years from then, you would read about it in the Bible and something would touch your heart. He was already planning how He was going to use the things He did back then to encourage and heal you now. He is a beautiful baby boy, and He came just for you.
Father, I pray that you would come down now. Fill us with Your wonder. Touch the hearts and minds of people everywhere. Remove the layer of worldliness that surrounds Christmas and replace it with eyes that look to You and hearts that glow in Your presence and passion lit on fire for You. Father, give us more of You this Christmas and continually pour out on us love, the same love that caused You to send down Your Son. Jesus, we love you. I love You. I will always love You.
If you need help getting some wonder, try this song by BarlowGirl. A beautiful lullaby written from the point of view from Mary, it makes me cry almost every time.
Merry Christmas everybody and God bless! I love you, guys.