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“Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.” Psalm 95:6

Reflect

Have you ever stopped dead in your tracks and stared at something awesome? With the holiday season upon us, it is very easy to find a house that is dazzled out in Christmas lights or trees taller than buildings in their grand stance, decorated to draw gasps of amazement and wonder. But have you had your breath catch in your throat as you peered at an uninterrupted sunrise or sunset stretched across the sky? Or has the sight of a clear star filled night sky ever brought tears to your eyes, which brought the reflection of their beauty closer in your gaze? Indeed, the Heavens declare the glory and beauty of God (Psalm 19:1), and we as human beings are made to appreciate and marvel at its beauty.  

But these wonders and sights pale in comparison to the unmatched fullness of God’s glory found in the sinless babe that was born in a manger–the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world on that divine day. I think about how the sight of our Lord, precious and meek as He lay there, brought the wise men to their knees in awe (Matthew 2:11), and the Heavenly chorus burst into praise of His holy name, announcing to the world the King of Heaven and Earth had made His arrival (Luke 2:14-16).

In the grand festivities and shows with marvelous lights and music this time of year, we are compelled to find beauty and loveliness in their production. But let us think on the greatest celebration of the holidays–the grand entrance of our King, our Savior, and our God. The shimmering night sky, the hue of the sun going down and coming up, and the procession of dazzling lights should not fill us with more love and admiration than knowing we set apart this season and time of year to proclaim God came into this world to save His people from their sin and for His namesake (Matthew 1:21, Luke 1:31). Let the Gospel of Christ and salvation only He can bring cause adoration and worship to fill your hearts and minds this Christmas and forever more.  

Pray

Father God, every good and perfect gift comes from You, and the greatest gift You have given us is Christ Himself. His salvation is more than we deserve and better than we could ever hope to ask. During the holiday season and in a world that wants to turn away from You at every chance, fix our eyes on Jesus, and let us adore Him in every time, place, and season. In His name I ask, Amen.

Your Turn

How can you keep the awe of Christ in your hearts this holiday season? Try to find a Gospel-centered Advent study, read over the Gospels, and commune with God and loved ones about His awesome gift of salvation. Jesus is the reason for every season.