Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Have you fought with this mercy you don't understand

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, ... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:1a, 14)

This is the miracle of Christmas, that God came to earth in the form of a baby who would eventually grow up to be the savior of the world. And to be savior came at a great sacrifice to himself, with Jesus taking on all of the sins of the world. Every sin, little or big, was heaped upon him and he took the punishment. While Christmas is a beautiful and wonderful and joyful time of year, for the arrival of the person who is going to save you is a joyous occasion, this baby was also born for a purpose. If you are looking at the big picture, there should always be a little bit of melancholy associated with the holiday. It is the beginning of the defeat of sin and sin is ugly. It should not surprise us that the cost of its defeat is great. If we could do what is right, we would have no need of Christmas.

We need to learn to live with the mysteries of God. He often works in ways we cannot fathom with our limited human faculties. One of the greatest mysteries is how an omnipotent, omnipresent, holy God, could love us, we sinful, ugly humans, that He was willing to take on human form in order to suffer a horrendous death. For us. So that we would not suffer under our own sin, but be freed from it. We may not understand it, but we can still allow that kind of overwhelming love to wrap around and through us. This Christmas, do not focus solely on Jesus the baby, but remember also Jesus the Savior. If you wish to be free; free from the ugliness you see inside yourself and try to mask with any number of distractions; allow Jesus to love you. He is waiting.

The song Bethlehem Town by Jars of Clay comes very close to expressing some of these ideas.


Oh, Mary, Joseph, rest your eyes 
Try not to think of the ending 
World full of empty, He will die 
But tonight He is still just a child 
The silent night drifts all away 
And the angels are dancing around you 
There's the joy of knowing He'll save the world 
Overshadowing the pain that He'll go through 

Refrain: Have you cursed at the wind 
Have you cried to the heavens 
Have you fought with this mercy you don't understand 
When the wise men kneel down 
To kiss the hand of this king they found in Bethlehem town 

 Will you hold back the years a while 
Will you dream that this man could always be a child 
And never carry all the weight 
Of the dirt and the distance and the company we keep 

Refrain

 And did the stars shine much brighter that night 
You gave birth to the death that would bring us to life 
And did the mystery keep you awake 
Was the sound of His little heart too much to take 
 Oh, i don't understand 
When the wise men kneel down 
To kiss the hand of this king they found 

The Curry Family wishes the peace of Jesus to you and your families this Christmas. Have a blessed holiday.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Beautifully spoken. Without a Bethlehem there would be no Golgotha. He came to meet our greatest need and it cost Him His life. Praise the Lord He rose again to offer us new life!
Kim Crawford
Merry Christmas

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