(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)
There used to be a sort of magic in the air around this time of year. I remember being little and marveling at how the Church would sing the Christmas hymn “Silent Night” with an attitude of wonder and awe.
The eyes of those attending Christmas Eve services were filled with such hope as they held their Christmas Eve candles high in the air. Pride for our Savior used to be evident as we welcomed Christmas Day with a time of reverence together, in unity.
But, the wonder has gone away for so many. Only a few eyes still twinkle with a glimmer of hope. There are, but a couple of arms still holding their lights high for others to see.
G.K. Chesterton once said, “We are perishing for lack of wonder, not for lack of wonders.”
Perhaps Christians have allowed the consumer culture to consumer the whole point of Christmas? Sure, giving gifts and decorating the tree is fun, but how much more could we marvel at the Messiah if we didn’t allow those distractions to get in the way?
I have a question for us to think about today… What does Jesus marvel at us for? You know, there are only two times recorded in the New Testament where Jesus is said to have marveled.
Mark 6:7 records that Jesus marvels at the unbelief in Nazareth, and in Luke 7:9 He marvels at the Centurion and His great faith. I wonder if today Jesus is marveling at our unbelief or our great faith?
Listen, I have a passion to see the Church become like the shepherds who, as soon as they laid their eyes upon the Messiah, hurried to go and tell everyone they could about Him and what they had experienced. I long for Believers to be like the wise men who brought gifts to their newborn Savior because they recognized that He alone was worthy.
I long for us to want the wonder again.
The wonder that has left our homes. The admiration for Christ that has left our Churches.
I would be bold enough to say that most of us stress about presents and parties and punch each Christmas more than we think about the manger, our sin, and the cross in a whole year.
Is tonight the night revival breaks out because we actually seek the One true King?
Perhaps tonight, on Christmas Eve of 2020, the Church will choose to marvel at the only thing that has ever mattered. May we want the wonder.
“And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”” (Luke 5:26)
SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?
= How are you choosing to put Jesus first right now?
= Do you feel like you’ve lost the wonder you once had?
= What are you going to do differently?