What Does it Mean?

What does it mean? We take it so lightly; sing it so familiarly.

But it’s breathtaking. Astounding. Life changing.

God came down to earth as a baby.

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What did Charles Wesley write? Our God contracted to span. Incomprehensibly made man.

He spoke the world into being. Forever, He has always been there, in an endless reality of abundant, loving life.

His voice holds all of us together.

He placed the stars in the sky; knit me together in the womb; holds all of our days in His hands.

The awesome, eternal, infinite God.

Think of space: the huge, wide, stunning expanse that goes on and on and still cannot begin to contain the God Who made it all.

Think of eternity.

Think of a Voice that spoke the universe into being.

Contracted to a span.

He grew in the womb. The cells divided. The embryo was formed. He grew there: His brain; His hands; His heart.

But He was God.

God Who was born in a mess of blood and tears as all of us were… the King Who was born into dirt and dust in a smelly stable.

But He was God.

God contracted to a span.

The words are so powerful: talking of hope for all who believe and follow Him:

“Let earth and Heaven combine,
Angels and men agree,
To praise in songs divine
The incarnate Deity,
Our God contracted to a span,
Incomprehensibly made Man.

He laid His glory by,
He wrapped Him in our clay;
Unmarked by human eye,
The latent Godhead lay;
Infant of days He here became,
And bore the mild Immanuel’s Name.

See in that Infant’s face
The depths of deity,
And labor while ye gaze
To sound the mystery
In vain; ye angels gaze no more,
But fall, and silently adore.

Unsearchable the love
That hath the Savior brought;
The grace is far above
Of men or angels’ thought:
Suffice for us that God, we know,
Our God, is manifest below.

He deigns in flesh t’appear,
Widest extremes to join;
To bring our vileness near,
And make us all divine:
And we the life of God shall know,
For God is manifest below.

Made perfect first in love,
And sanctified by grace,
We shall from earth remove,
And see His glorious face:
His love shall then be fully showed,
And man shall all be lost in God.”

Charles Wesley, ‘Let Earth and Heaven Combine’, public domain

God Who is not just infinite and vast and eternal (though He is).

God Who was willing to be made small.

God Who cares so very tenderly.

God Who is love.

So when I feel the pain of this world’s sting, so has He.

So when I feel alone and misunderstood, so has He.

So when I think no-one understands, He does.

He is God.

But He came close; was made small.

There He lay in the manger, with tiny lungs; tiny hands. Tiny cries of a newborn child.

God reaching out to us.

Coming so small; so vulnerable. Placing Himself at the mercy of this cruel, heartless world. Reaching out in a way that you and I could never have imagined.

‘6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.’ Philippians 2:6-7

The Son of God became one of us, because He loves us that much.

Take time. Make time. Kneel at the manger.

Gaze at Him; think of Him; love Him.

Baby Jesus lying in the manger. Your God, Who loves you that much.

Who gave Himself to make a way for you to come back to Him.

The God Who is with us now.

No matter your circumstances, may you meet with Him this Christmas and ever afterwards… and find all your heart has ever truly craved in Him.

Happy Christmas and God bless you!

 

(He gave Himself in the manger, and then on the cross, that you might know Him. When you come to Him, turn from wrong and receive the free forgiveness He offers, surrendering your life to follow Him, you will find the hope, forgiveness and eternal life He offers. He is reaching out to you now).

 

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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The True Source of Joy This Christmas

Where do you try to find joy at Christmas? In family? In friends? In parties? In gifts?

The Lord has been reminding me of something so very precious: the greatest Gift of all is God.

In the presence of God, we find all our hearts are truly craving for.

And Christmas is an amazing reminder of something truly, astoundingly incredible: God gave Himself to all who will accept Him. In such an intimate, vulnerable, beautiful way. God Who reigns on high. God Who spoke the universe into being. God Who rules in glory. As a baby. A baby. Because He is that kind; that loving; that good.

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Yesterday, the Lord really encouraged my heart. I was sitting at my desk, listening to teaching while I was working.

And the Lord encouraged my heart, deeply, that we can have joy at Christmas no matter what, because joy truly comes from knowing Him.

The true source of joy is in knowing God. And that joy of the presence of God, with us, is available to all who accept it, no matter what our circumstances are this Christmas.

Because the source of true joy is not in stuff or circumstances, but in knowing God.

Then I came across this beautiful video, reminding my heart that all I truly need is Him, and that what our hearts are craving for is the presence of God.

 

Published on Dec 25, 2015

~from Ann Voskamp’s book, The Greatest Gift, Unwrapping the Fully Love Story of Christmas: bit.ly/GreatestGiftforyou
http://www.annvoskamp.com

 

It’s such a wonderful reminder: the best Gift of all is the presence of God, with us.

I realised God was speaking to me- an incredible, astoundingly amazing message. Sitting at my desk, listening to teaching as I worked, I was suddenly close to tears… heart bursting with joy… at the wonder of it all.

God has given me many precious gifts in this life. This week, I finally got to hold in my hands the CD album that I’ve been yearning to make since I was a little girl (I’m planning to post a link soon). It was a dream come true… and yet it didn’t satisfy my heart completely. Nothing in this world ever does… but He does.

My heart is satisfied, because of Him.

It’s been a journey: a journey of walking with Him. A journey of discovering more and more of my beautiful, incredible, amazing God. He hasn’t always felt close, but He always has been, whether I’ve known it or not.

And, oh, He satisfies my heart!

He is there, loving us, reaching out to us.

And Christmas reminds us. God is a manger. God in a manger! God giving Himself to all who will receive Him on His terms.

The true source of joy is God Himself, and God has given Himself to me!

He is with me now!

He is with me!

He is with us.

’23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”’ Matt 1:23

The only One Who truly satisfies our desperately thirsty souls.

And He is available to us all.

God is available to us all.

He has given Himself to us all, if we will only receive Him.

The greatest gift is God with us.

And He is with you now.

’63 O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.’ Psalm 63:1-5

 

(The Father gave His Son as a baby to grow up and die on a cross so that all who come to Him, turn from wrong, receive His free forgiveness and choose to follow Him as Lord can be forgiven and know Him forever. It’s the way of rescue from eternal Hell and the way to eternal life… and it’s the way to the greatest, most satisfying, most wonderful Gift of all: the gift of God Himself with you… close to you… forever. He is with you now, reaching out to you in love).

 

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.