Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Behold, the Lamb of God

Behold, the lamb of God
Who takes away our sin
Behold the lamb of God
The life and light of men
Behold the lamb of God
Who died and rose again
Behold the lamb of God who comes
To take away our sin

Broken hearts--behold our broken hearts
Fallen far--we need you
Behold the lamb of God

Son of God--emmanuel
Son of man--we need you
Behold the lamb
The hope of man
Behold the lamb of God

-Andrew Peterson

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year my friends! 
I pray your Christmas week is a joyous celebration of Emmanuel; God with us.  May this coming year be filled with the peace of resting in the blood of His cross and may we each rise up with renewed fervency to serve our King as humble servants.  May we proclaim to the world with our mouth, hands and feet: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing." Revelation 5:12
May Christ be constantly in our vision; the lamb of God, the life and light of men.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Baby Born to Die

I love Christmas time.  Ask anyone who knows me only a little and they will tell you that it is my favorite time of the year.  Everything about it brings me great joy; the beautiful decorations, the happy cheer in stores, the ringing of bells, the yummy treats, the elegant colors, the many surprises, the expectancy of family all being together.  While schedules are always so busy during the holidays, the air seems to be filled with such peace and joy.  I love it. 

But as I sit in my room tonight by the twinkling lights around my window, I have on my mind something which makes all the delights of Christmas become as dust in comparison; my Lord Jesus Christ.  The Savior who came as a babe.  This year I have been dwelling on Him much more than any other Christmas.  I can't get my mind off one incredible fact... this Baby was born to die.  The sole purpose of His coming was to die, to hang on that cross for our sins.  He came ultimately to suffer and die, to face the Father's wrath in our place.  This is reality, this is truth, this is the beauty of the Savior.  And this is Christmas, we would have no reason to celebrate the birth of this baby if He did not die.

One of my favorite Christmas songs is Bebo Norman's "Born to Die".  The last verse so beautifully portrays the depth of what Jesus' death has done for us; depraved sinners.

"And the angles filled the sky
All of heaven wondered why
Why their King would choose to be
Be a baby born to die
To break the chains
Of guilt and sin
To find us here, to pull us in
So we can join in Heaven's song
And with one voice around the throne"

Because of His death we are free, the chains of sin are broken.  And because we are covered in His blood we will come before the throne of God with no guilt or shame.  All praise and glory to Jesus, our intercessor - the baby born to die. 

"Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst... Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.  Amen."  I Timothy 1:15, 17

And so as you and I enjoy the delights and blessings of Christmas, may He remain our North Star.  May the incredible beauty of our Jesus be fervently pressed on our hearts and minds.  May we die to self so that Christ may more fully live in us.  May our celebration be worship to the King of Kings, the Savior who was born to die