Night had fallen — in the hearts of men, across the face of the earth.
Out of the cold struggle of darkness came a warm and radiant Light. The embodiment of Almighty God. Immanuel. God with us.
In Response to the Darkness, God Sent His Light
There in a rough-hewn feeding trough, cushioned with hay, blanketed in love, lay the Christ child – the Light of the world.
The Light of the world …
How can it be?
How can this tiny baby boy be the Light in our darkness?
How will His soft cherub face grow to be the face of righteousness for all of mankind?
How could anyone possibly believe He was the Son of God? Could He really set men free from their chains of bondage? Could He forgive them of all their sins and give them a new beginning, a new life filled with restoration and healing?
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I believe those who recognized Immanuel that holy night were those who were searching for Him – searching for Truth. They wanted to know God, know Him intimately, personally. They wanted to walk with Him and talk with Him. Every day. All day.
That’s how they recognized the Christ child.
That’s how we recognize Him also.
When We Search for Him in Our Darkness, We Will Find Him
The Lord reveals Himself to those who seek after Him, those who storm heaven with difficult and sometimes obnoxious questions. Our questions honor God because our questions remove all forms of religiosity. Our questions make God a personal God, yet our questions recognize His authority over all the earth.
Christmas has become something it’s not. It’s not chaotic. It’s not commercial. Blingy. Loud. The true spirit of Christmas is still. Quiet. Holy.
The soft cherub face lying on a bed of hay reflected His Father’s love in all its glory. His eyes drew others in as they marveled at the miracle within the rustic manger.
His eyes still beckon us to come. To know Him. To worship and adore Him.
It’s easy to adore a child.
It’s important and life-sustaining to worship our King.
Oh come let us adore Him.
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Beautiful post, Nan. Thanks for sharing. I especially love this section: When we search for Him in our darkness, we will find Him. Amen. 🙂
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