What Are You Beholding?

I would like to say as Christmas approaches that I have been feasting my eyes and heart on Jesus and His birth. I would like to say that my focus has been on this miracle and incredible act of humility and that my heart has been stirred anew with gratitude and awe for our Savior.

This season, I have had moments filled with such depth and divine appointment unlike ever before. But they were fleeting moments. A rich sermon unlocking the history surrounding the first Christmas. My 5yo sitting next to me reading about the birth of Jesus and hearing the story through his little ears. Seeing God work through our commitments in ways that grew and amazed us.These moments have been thick in the glory and splendor of truly beholding the Lamb of God.

But truthfully, I would revel in the warm, fuzzy feeling of those moments and then move on to behold the world. I would behold Law & Order SVU for the first time in a decade and experience how gripping it is episode after episode. I would behold social media feeds and get drawn into unnecessary drama that muddied my mood. I would behold our bank account dwindling and pushed evidences of the Lord’s past financial provisions to the back of my mind. I beheld the cares of this world. I became weary and my family felt it.

But BEHOLD!

JESUS CHRIST, SAVIOR, LORD.

A thrill of hope, my weary soul rejoices. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-24) and morning doesn’t just happen at sunrise. Every moment is an opportunity to turn away from sin and turn to Christ. Every moment is an opportunity to behold the Risen Savior who has conquered sin. He has conquered sin eternally and we are victorious through Him. Hold fast to His mercy that rains down every moment, every new morning.

What have you been beholding with your eyes this week? What have you been beholding with your ears? What have you been beholding with your hands? What have you been beholding with your minds?

Are we breathing in Jesus? Are we watching things that bring honor to Christ? Are we listening to speech that is praising our Savior? Are our hands open to give or closed to withhold? Are we focusing on the miracle of our Lord here on earth, one of us?

This last week before Christmas, I hope to behold my Savior. I hope to turn away from the chaos and confusion of the world and turn to the calm and comfort of the newborn babe. I hope to turn away from division and deceit and turn to the deliverance promised by His birth. I hope to turn away from greed and personal gain and turn to the good news that Jesus Christ is born. I hope to turn away from selfishness and shame and turn to the sanctifying work of the Spirit in me through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice.

Behold what manner of love: Christ the Lord, born this day.

Behold: HIM.

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