All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. –Luke 2:18
We must not cease to be amazed at the great marvels of our God. It is not possible, I believe, to separate our heart’s holy wonder and our mind’s amazement from real worship. When the majesty of God’s glory overwhelms our souls, we truly, purely, come and adore Him. Though our mouths may not express the feelings of our hearts in song, or our bodies prostrate in humble prayer, yet silently both are amazed, and it is in this inner amazement that the Spirit within us adores Him.
In the same chapter, Simeon worships our incarnate God as “The Savior,” “Wonderful,” “a Light to the Gentiles,” “the Glory of Israel”; and His earthly parents, Joseph and Mary were amazed. WOW!
Consider, the sinful, disobedient creatures that we are, who deserve to be swept away with the fire of destruction, are instead offered redemption. And God pays the price to redeem us by ransoming His own son on our behalf. This is indeed AMAZING! Salvation is a miracle of grace. That the Alpha and Omega should forsake the thrones and royalties above, to suffer ignominiously below for you and me is not comprehendible. It is beyond spoken words.
This Christmas, let’s allow our souls to be lost in the amazement of Jesus. Allow His Holy amazing-ness to lead us to grateful worship and heartfelt love. Feeling the presence of the mighty God in the gift of his amazing Son, will move our souls into His glorious hope. And if we grasp that Jesus has done such amazing things on our behalf, we will realize that heaven itself is not beyond our grasp. Who can be amazed at anything, once we have been amazed at the manger and the cross? What wonder is left in life, after we have seen the Savior?
Come let us adore Him!
Come with the shepherds, Joseph, and Mary before the manger of God … and be amazed.
PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for over 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.