Tuesday, December 13, 2011

God With Us

Last year, during Advent I started a series on Todd Agnew's Christmas album, Do You See What I See. This album is so unique and so special - I can never get tired of it's music. My mom and picked it up a few years ago just before Thanksgiving. Normally I am not a big fan of listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving. However, this album was the exception. My mom, sister, and I could not stop listening. It is still one of our favorite albums and it doesn't feel like Christmas if I don't listen to it.

Each song is sung by a different person in the Christmas story. The innkeeper, Joseph, Mary, a song for Jesus, Elizabeth, Simeon, etc. It makes you think about what each person may have been thinking, feeling, and experiencing. One thing that I love is that this album truly grasps the ideas of Advent - waiting and hoping for the coming of Christ.

Well, I never finished the series- but I'm going to this year! To catch up check out my Do You See What I See tab and all of the links are there. I'll be updating that page throughout December.

Today... the Wise Men.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."

Matthew 2:1-2

This song gives me chills. It's so powerful and moving. I love how it starts out softly and then crescendos louder and louder until the choir joins in singing "Star of wonder star of night..." 

But think about this for a moment.

Wise men. Magi. Kings. Whatever you want to call them. They see a star and start to follow it, knowing that a king has been born. They pack up and go, bringing expensive gifts along with them. These men were probably wealthy- maybe they were kings. Who knows? Yes, they were expecting a king - but they didn't expect a baby boy with a humble mother and father. They first went to King Herod's castle expecting Jesus to be there. 

But he wasn't.

He was with his mother and father in Bethlehem. 

We saw a star and followed it from the East
We've come so far to get here
We've held one hope, that we would find a king
Who could have known
That he would be God with us
Immanuel comes to us
The king of Israel abides with us
In this little boy, who could know we'd find
The eternal one born into time
This baby child is God with us
You can never truly be prepared to meet God can you? What a humbling and awe inspiring experience. These wise men, these kings, these magi, realizing that God is with us.

The creator of the universe. Lover of the world. King of kings. Priests of priests. Lord of lords. Savior of all mankind... All wrapped up in a little baby. 

I love the line "and the hand of God is reaching out for mine." They always say that once a baby grabs your finger you are stuck for life. Can you imagine that baby's hand being God's? When you really sit down and try to wrap your head around it... it's mind blowing. It's heart wrenching. It's soul stirring. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. ... 

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:1-5; 14

The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel - which means God with us.

Isaiah 7:14

God with us. 

God with YOU.

He came down in the most humble of states... for us. He came down to the earth and got dirty. Seeing our pain, suffering, loss, sin, and despair. He came down from heaven to experience it with us. He is not just a God who sits back and watches and maybe moves things about like a chess board if he feels the need. He is right there with us going through it with us. God with us.

For YOU.

For ME.


So just listen to the song... hear the lyrics... and let that soak in this Advent season. 




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