Friday, December 23, 2011

Anticipation...

This time of year there is so much build up, so much anticipation, for Christmas. You can sense it everywhere you go. The music, the lights, the gatherings, it's a time of year that is anticipated for weeks, even months.

I often wonder about the anticipation felt during the days leading up to the first Christmas. I have a feeling that most of earth and its inhabitants didn't really grasp the situation. I wonder if even Mary and Joseph fully understood who they were about to bring into the world. All of history prior to Christ's birth, points to His birth...the promised Messiah, the Light, the Prince of Peace, the Righteous One was coming.

And then there's the anticipation in heaven. I usually ponder and think about Christmas from my perspective or earth's perspective; but think about it from heaven's perspective. Did all the angels and heavenly creatures know what was about to happen? I think they did. And if they did know, they certainly understood just who Jesus was/is. Jesus was there at the beginning...He has always existed. He is the one they worship. He is the one that all things were created through and created for. And here He is, Jesus, the one and only Son of God, about to willfully enter into human flesh...and once He was conceived in Mary's womb, there would be no going back. What were the angels thinking?

They did there best to let us know...the heavenly host that came to the shepherds point-blank told them exactly what had just happened. They announced the birth of the Messiah, the Son of God. And yet for them, the whole event must have seemed so under-whelming. The entire planet should have stopped to gather and worship...but instead, only a handful of shepherd's showed up.

What's the point? I wonder if in the midst of Christmas, knowing what we know now, I wonder if we too don't miss the birth of Christ at Christmas. I know I do. The busyness, shopping, preparations, gifts, lights, trees, food, all of it...none of it bad. But it makes it all too easy to forget that Christmas is about Jesus. After all, it's His birthday we are celebrating.

This weekend, make sure you take time to honor, worship, celebrate, and maybe even sing to Him.

The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.
(Isaiah 9:2, 6-7)

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