by - Monday, December 24, 2018

It's Christmas Eve! What a month it's been: I've either been on top of my posts or scrambling to write them at the last minute. In any case, I truly enjoyed my scattered take of Blogmas this year. Christmas is such a busy time of year, and it can certainly be stressful. I try to take it all in stride, remembering what the season is all about.

This post focuses on my Christian perspective of this holiday, and by no means am I attempting to preach or anything like that. This is simply what means the most to me about this time of year. Maybe you can gain a little insight or see Christmas from a different perspective! If not, that's ok too :)

As this season comes to a close, I look back on all I did this month. Was I truly appreciative of those around me? Did I place proper emphasis on Jesus and His coming to earth? I think it's so easy to get wrapped up in all the trimmings of Christmas--the movies, songs, activities, and traditions--while losing sight of the heart of it all. I can always do better in this area, whether it's this time of year or throughout January to November. 

"Arrival" by Hillsong Worship immediately became a favourite Christmas song of mine when they released their album "Christmas: The Peace Project" last year. The lyrics of this song are some that I like to meditate on. The song focuses on the arrival of Christ, how God, the vast, eternal, immeasurable King of the universe confined Himself to our very human limitations. The God who created us stooped down to our level. 

The Holy Word of God--the indescribable, uncontainable God Whom we could never fully describe even with all languages of the world; the God Who is so great that Ezekiel 1:27-28 merely attempts to describe His glory--became defined by name.

The King of kings became like us, for us. He lived as we do and was tempted just as we are, all for our sake, that He might redeem us by His death and resurrection. Hebrews 2:17 says that He was "made like unto his make reconciliation for the sins of the people." 

Ezekiel 1:28, "As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord." 

This vast, glorious, Creator, whose glory is indefinable, is the same God of Luke 2:7, Who was "wrapped in swaddling cloths, and laid in a manger." He came to earth in the humblest of ways; He died a painful, agonising death; and He rose again on the Third Day. All for me. All for the world. 

I leave you with these fantastic lyrics from the song "Arrival":

God embraced our frame
When He graced the world He made
All hail the divine in a manger
Love embraced our fate
When the playwright took the stage
All hail the arrival of our Maker

Merry Christmas! Thank you for reading & sticking with me this month <3

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