Oh Praise His Name

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas, y'all!

It's a widely known fact that today is the day that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, God incarnate, who came to earth to live of perfect submission to God and His will so that He could take our place and die. Even if you're not a Christian, you've probably heard the story: no room in the inn, shepherds watching their flocks by night, three wise men bringing gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

The story of Jesus' birth has been Americanized throughout all its years. To some, it's no more than a cool story that children can act out every year. Some really do celebrate His birth, but only during Christmastime. All the rest of the year, we live our lives like we want to, except maybe when we go to summer camp; then we really appear on fire for Jesus.

American "Christianity" has been so de-radicalized. We've become lukewarm and indifferent. We throw around God's name like it's something so everyday, so lacking of awe. Jesus Christ's name is so often used as an expression of annoyance. When did we start tolerating this? When did we let our God's name become so dumbed-down?

To completely understand the awe we should feel at the mention of God's name isn't possible because that would require completely understanding just how great our God is. But if we can begin to grasp the wonder in the story of the Incarnation, our appreciation and love of God increases so much.

We must try to grasp the holiness, the omnipotence, the true greatness and awesomeness of God. When we use the word awesome, we're using a slang term that can be replaced by impressive or cool. Awesome is defined as "causing or inducing awe" or "inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear."

God truly is awesome. Just think about the wonder-filled mystery of the Incarnation, that God would take on a body of the fallen human race, but never sin; that He chose to be born in a stable filled with filthy, stinking animals; that He chose to live a life of obscurity and finally be spit at, mocked, and nailed to piece of wood.Our perfect God, without one blemish, someone too great to fathom, chose to humble Himself to the likeness of the creation He made so that He could save us from death. And we rejected Him still.

I love this part of a song by Sidewalk Prophets called You Love Me Anyway:

See now, I am the man who yelled out from the crowd
For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground
Yes then I turned away with the smile on my face
With this sin in my heart tried to bury Your grace
And then alone in the night I still called out for You
So ashamed of my life...

But You love me anyway

Not only this Christmas season, but every season, every day, would you all join me in celebrating the true awesomeness of our God? Meditate on this today, and I pray that it will increase your love for the Father and inspire you to share His Good News with everyone you meet. All glory to Him.

Merry Christmas, y'all. 

4 comments:

  1. WOW. This is so convicting and so good. I cannot. I never really heard the lyrics to that song till now. Thank you for posting this <3 <3 <3

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    1. AHHH I'm so glad you loved it!! Literally every time I hear that song I am so convicted. It's a good one.

      Thanks for reading!!! :)

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  2. I love this so much and it so sad how we become lukewarm to both the story of Jesus and also of his death...we only think about them when the holiday comes around and we are almost forced to. We need to dwell on it everyday, it's the best gift we have ever received (kinda like we would dwell on a million dollars everyday if someone gave it to us, ya know?)
    thank you for this, and I'm so sorry I don't comment more often...my reading list says it can't find the feed for it ?! so annoying!

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    1. Don't worry about it -- you're totally fine! It's takes me 12748282 years to reply to comments because I'm usually so busy, so I know how that is. And when it comes to technology, I usually have know idea what I'm doing, so really, it's totally fine!

      I'm glad you read this! Thanks for reading and commenting!!

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