10. BEHOLD: The Adorner

Why do we decorate at Christmas time? Jesus was born in a manger, and yet many of us to celebrate his birth deck out our whole houses. It takes years to accumulate complete sets of decorations –from expensive pieces to enough simple lights to cover the trees, banisters, and yard. For some, it takes almost as long just to put the decorations up.

Despite the irony, it seems we do have a good reason for the adorning of our homes during this season: we’re symbolically welcoming the adorner.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the one who brings news of peace, who announces good things, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!’”

Isaiah 52:7

By decorating, we announce that the Lord is come. We announce that salvation is available to all, and that eternal life with Him is something to celebrate.

And doesn’t it seem like the Lord joins us in the effort? December is beautiful. The December sky is striking. Up north, here, we have this chilled air that wakes you up, opening your eyes. Driving around, we see lights and bright colors everywhere. We must not forget that the Lord made those, too.

Along with the beautiful we see, there is also the beauty He adorns the world with internally. Beauty like hope and love. The “the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight” (1 Peter 3:4.)

Scripture tells us that Christ was there in the beginning. The same Lord who became that little baby, born to save us from this ugly thing called sin, created us in the first place.

And now, He creates us anew. Rejoice in that beauty. Rejoice in the “new clothes” He adorns us with. Rejoice in the Word and Spirit, written on our hearts to turn us from cold stone to living testimonies of His –yes His, glory.

“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”

–Psalm 29:2

Behold, the beauty of the good news.

Behold, the adornment of the world in light, living color, hope, and transformation.

Behold, the adorner who makes it so.

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6. BEHOLD: Our Home

After holiday festivities, you just want to get home. People traveling far and wide for Christmas celebrations know the nostalgia of wanting to get to their own place –or even just the familiar, beloved place they are headed.

When Jesus was born, it wasn’t in His own place. But He still had a place to be. And the welcome was grand!

“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

Romans 15:7

Regardless of our physical location and setting, we have a place to be too. We all have a home. Over and over in Scripture we read about God as our place of refuge. God is our dwelling place. He makes a safe pasture for us.

Because of Christ, we even have access into the most Holy Place. More than that, we are welcomed there:

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,”

Hebrews 10:19

The Lord ensures that we all have a home. It may not be in this world, and it may not be a place in a physical sense at all. But just as “home” is found where loved ones are and the heart is full, so home is the place of being near the Lord. He loves to have us there.

As we bustle about and rush to get places –even our own places- may we behold the home we have in the Lord!

Behold, the one who always welcomes us with open arms.

Behold, the safest, most loving, perfect home we can have and hope for.

Behold, our place with the Lord that we eagerly run to regardless of where we are.

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2. BEHOLD: The Promise Keeper

There’s something about December that draws up the dreams in our hearts. Maybe it’s the sappy music and the happy advertising everywhere. The nostalgia of beloved traditions, fine decorations, and lights glowing everywhere stirs up joy -and hope.

In this season of dreaming, we’re apt to make promises and ask for them. “Promise you’ll come home in time for the party” we say over the phone. “I promise you’ll love the celebration this year,” we say to the loved one who is concerned with the memory of last year’s holiday drama. In the midst of the magic of Christmas, we mean it. But we’re only able to keep so many promises. And others can only keep so many that they make, too.

As it stands, for most of us, Christmas can also be a time of disappointment over the broken promises. The good news is this. During this time, we’re beholding the promise-keeper.

“The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.” –Acts 2:39

That promise is the promise of salvation, realized in the very one we celebrate at Christmas. When Jesus came as a baby, He kept the promise God made thousands of years earlier. That promise is still being kept today.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” –2 Peter 3:9

Through our many dreams, praise God for His patience and faithfulness. If He has begun it in you, He will bring it to completion. He will not leave any promise half-filled, nor make any promise that isn’t perfect.

If the Lord makes a promise, it is good, and He will make good on it!

Behold, the Lord whose promises are kept for eternity.

Behold, the Lord whose promises are kept in unexpected ways.

Behold, the Lord whose promise is the most important for everyone, in every way.

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25 Days of Beholding the Lord

There’s a lot to be said (and done!) in December.

 

Comfort for the lonely during this time of constant reminders of family and togetherness.

Wise reflections on the arrival of Christ and His impact on our lives.

Advice for traditions, planning, and keeping up with the busy schedule.

Celebrating and preparing for winter as it forces its way in.

What strikes me this Christmas season is that even amongst the busy, the heightened emotions, the anticipation, we have the chance to be stayed. Fixed upon. Frozen still in awe. Because during this celebratory time, we have all the more frequent opportunity to BEHOLD.

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Behold –Christ has come. The lamb of God. The light of the world. The hope of nations, king of kings, and prince of peace.

What does that mean?

For the next 25 days, I’ll be writing shorter, daily posts about what we have to behold and what beholding is. Check back, please!

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