the gift of light: heaven kisses earth with a savior
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An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:9-12, NIV
In this verse Luke passionately writes of the “good news,” and “great joy” of Jesus’ birth. It was the most magnificent event in the history of the world.A torrent of mystery and hope pulsated through the land. A miracle was in the making and nothing added up. There was an angel, a virgin, a brilliant star, magi, and a child in a stable painted with heaven’s dew. Light hushed the havoc of a tattered planet. The newborn’s cry severed the darkness and the promise of new life flooded every crevice of humanity.
Heaven kissed earth with the gift of a Savior. And nothing has ever been the same.
Things happened that night—wonderful and remarkable things. God’s Gift of Light entered the ring on behalf of every man, woman, and child beaten down by sin. That night one baby boy turned the world on end, baffled the wise, and single-handedly declared war on the forces of hell.
It’s easy to love Christmas. Our spirits rouse, hearts stir, and hope awakens our routine. It’s almost . . . magical. But in just a few weeks, it’s over. We soon pack Christmas neatly into boxes and it isn’t long before melancholy edges out our joy.
What just happened? We heard the story. We sang the songs. But did we really ever really make it to the manger?
Author Hannah Whitall Smith contends in her 1870 book, The Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life, that even in light of salvation, the Christian life—as it is generally lived—is not entirely a happy life. “A keen observer once said to me, ‘You Christians seem to have a religion that makes you miserable. You are like a man with a headache. He does not want to get rid of his head but it hurts him to keep it. You cannot expect outsiders to seek very earnestly for anything so uncomfortable.”’
She offers that “Christ is believed in, talked about and served, but He is not known as the soul’s actual and very life abiding there forever, and revealing Himself continually in His beauty.”
We hang onto Christmas tightly when we—like the rest of the world—are convinced it only comes once a year. How quickly our emotions dive when our knowledge of God eclipses our pursuit to know God.
God sent His son to achieve more than simply your belief in Him. He sent His son to possess the very depths of your heart. Christ is a holy invitation to abide, dwell, and live in the Light of God’s presence every day.
The manger marks a brand new day and an opportunity for eternal fellowship with almighty God. Will you meet Him there?
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“The newborn’s cry severed the darkness.”
The man’s cry severed the darkness.
And the veil split
And the Light spilled.
And we live.
Because of a cry.
With your single comment, I believe I just found the manger. Indeed, and we live . . . wow.
“God sent His son to achieve more than simply your belief in Him. He sent His son to possess the very depths of your heart. Christ is a holy invitation to abide, dwell, and live in the Light of God’s presence every day.”
I think that sometimes we make the mistake of believing that we should possess Jesus when in fact, He should possess us.
What an invitation–
To live in the Light of God’s presence daily.
That the “lover of my soul” would come down to meet me where I am=WOW.
(BTW you quoted from one of my favorite classic books.)
“The Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life” has changed my life and is in my top #10. Glad it got some air time. So perfect it’s noted on Patsy’s blog. She and Hannah are alike in so many ways . . .
Headed to the manger . . . see you there, beloved! He owns me.
A beautiful place for the tour of Light to end – although the Light is now much brighter than when it began – because of those that have gathered again and again.
Grateful to be kept by the same owner as all of you! / Merry Christmas dear friends!
I love the good news and great JOY from this blessed kiss!!
No matter what we face, what comes our way – when we focus on the manger that leads to the cross – all is well!!
Love what you guys do!! thanks for living sticky!!