I wanted to share something I read in my devotions this morning in relation to Christmas just around the corner. It comes from one of my favorite devotional books Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. I love this book because her writing is so unique that she writes from Jesus’ point of view (I, Me, Mine etc) which I find encourages me to reflect on scripture from a different perspective.
Sarah writes this:
“As you wait attentively in My Presence, the Light of the knowledge of My Glory shined upon you. This radiant knowledge transcends all understanding. It transforms every fibre of your being: renewing your mind, cleansing your heart, invigorating your body. Open yourself full to My Presence; be awed by my glorious Being.
Try to imagine what I gave up when I came into your world as a baby. I set aside My Glory, so that I could identify with mankind. I accepted the limitations of infancy under the most appalling conditions – a filthy stable. There was nothing glorious about that setting, though angels lit up the sky proclaiming “glory!” To awestruck shepherds.
When you sit quietly with Me, the process I went through is reversed in your experience. As you identify with Me, heaven’s vistas open up before you granting you glimpses of my glory. I became poor so that you might become rich. Sing hallelujahs to My holy Name.
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, ” Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying ” Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
2 Corinthians 8:9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that’s though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
I think this is such a unique way to look at the Christmas story, through the eyes of Jesus. He did not have to come to earth but God specifically chose him to for a reason. He could have been born to a wealthy family, but instead a son of a carpenter and being born into this earth in the poorest of conditions, a stable, on a cold winters night. All of this so that we could identify with the Holy one here on earth.
The week as you sit quietly in your devotions, be in awe of Gods glorious presence and may you be renewed this Christmas season!
Merry Christmas everyone!