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Anticipation of a child!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Our youngest daughter Klaire just turned 4 years old and one of the things I’ve noticed about her this year is her anticipation for the big day. Do you know what I’m talking about? Our two other daughters are older now and although they love Christmas and are excited about it – it’s just not the same type of excitement.

For Klaire, she’s constantly asking questions; how many more days till Christmas? Daddy, am I going to get any presents? I’ve been good! How many days till Christmas? And her favorite song has been “Oh, you better watch out – you better not cry – you better not pout because I’m telling on you!”

She is so excited about Christmas. And as I have watched my little girl – play with the lights on the tree – sing Christmas songs – ask about the little baby Jesus – and her presents – I’ve been reminded of how we seem to grow out of the anticipation – of how we take the gift – the Christ child for granted.

Could it be that we sometimes think that just because we say “Merry Christmas” and put a manger scene up in our home that we understand – we get what Christmas is all about – but do we.

So this morning, I want to encourage you to stop and focus on Christ – go ahead – I want you right now to think about Jesus – what is the first image that comes to your mind – what do you think of –Holy, salvation, risen, baby, forgiveness, peace, King, friend, father?

Now, think about this – those are all true – but He is so much more – He is more than all of that. The crazy thing is that what ever view of God you have this morning – whatever comes into your mind when you hear the name of Jesus – no matter how grand – how Holy of a picture you have in your head – He is greater than that – He is more than that – no matter how high your view of God is – it’s not high enough.

In the NT we have John – the one whom Jesus loved – the beloved disciple – he understood Jesus – and yet in Revelation chapter 1 when he sees Jesus in His glorified state – he says;
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.

John had a high view of God – he understood and yet when he saw Jesus – it all changed. So, you and I need to understand that whatever our view of God is right now – He is greater than that – He is higher than that – and when you and I see His face – it will be more than amazing!

Psalm 145:3 says, Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.

Did you hear that? You see, if you and I think we know how great God is – we are wrong – we can’t fathom it.

Isaiah 55 says; 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

We can’t even describe His greatness – our words just don’t fit. So, when you think about Christmas – I want you to think about our God in heaven who is greater than anything you and I could ever imagine – and He came down into human form – He humbled himself into that form – for you.

My challenge to you this morning is to find time to truly think about what Christmas means. And may we learn to live again with the hope and excitement of a little four year old – because Christ was born in Bethlehem.


Anonymous said...

I think it is the anticipation that we get excited about - May we have that same anticipation as we await Christ's return. Also the expectation - When we speak to someone about Christ, do we have the expectation or are we just going through the motions?