“Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him”
verb: 1 : to perceive through sight or apprehension : SEE
2 : to gaze upon : OBSERVE
It was a pleasure to behold the beauty of the sunset.
Jesus, help me to see how minuscule I am in the grand scheme of things. Who am I that YOU desire to meet with me here? All I need to do is gaze out the window to see Your beauty, Your vastness, Your goodness and Your glory all around. Each and every snowflake is different as it falls from the sky, only to land and become mixed with other snowflakes that have already fallen. Why take the time to carefully craft each one as millions fall every l time it snows? To display Your glory!
Then, I think of the intentional, purposeful and intricate design of every human You have ever created. We are all different, down to the smallest strands of our DNA.
And then, over 2,000 years ago, You formed a sweet baby boy and miraculously placed Him in his mother’s womb. You entrusted and empowered a mere human, just a girl, to carry the savior of the world! Jesus already was, but You gave Him human form to live as we do, among us.
As we anticipate the coming of Christmas, let’s take the time to pause and behold Him. Imagine the anticipation Mary must have felt as the days drew near for the birth of her son - the son of God, the great I Am! Mary’s anticipation and joy for her baby’s arrival must have far outweighed the excitement we have in counting down the days until December 25th. The gift she received on that day was the greatest give anyone had ever received! But, an even greater gift was still to come!
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” (Luke 1:46-55 NIV)