Aren’t we all looking for something? Someone? Some sense of being that has escaped us all these years no matter how many years we have been searching? Weren’t we always searching? Isn’t there an emptiness in all of us? A void that births insecurities, our overspending, our overeating, our overcompensation?
Where have we chosen to search? What have you chosen to fill the emptiness you feel? What insecurity has your longing nurtured to maturity?
We look around us, and we see so much social injustice and we feel it ourselves most days. We can even get a feeling the world is falling apart, and we haven’t the time to bring balance or healing to our world. Sitting in any park or mall reminds us of the emptiness of many souls passing by. The looks of despair, weariness, emptiness—longing are a reflection of their souls shining through. We are a weary world.
Where am I going with this? What is my point?
I have a point in mind. Please stay with me. I was going to a manger in Bethlehem two thousand years ago. The scene is familiar and to some, it may be dull or redundant—even annoying. The view of that night two thousand years ago and the sequent events changes when we read Revelation 12:13-17, “When the Dragon (Satan) saw he had been thrown to earth, he went after the Woman who had given birth to the Man-Child. The woman had been given wings of a great eagle to fly to a place in the desert (Egypt) to be kept in safety and comfort for a time and times and half a time, safe and sound from the Serpent. The Serpent vomited a river of water to swamp and drowned her, but the earth came to her help, swallowing the water the Dragon spewed from his mouth. Helpless with rage, the Dragon raged at the Woman, then went off to make war with the rest of her children (us), the children who keep God’s commands and hold firm to the witness of Jesus.” A much different view of the nativity and one I would give anything to see!
Jesus could have been born in a guest room in Bethlehem. He could have been born to royalty with family around to celebrate. Instead, he was born to a poor young couple amid social injustice and in the lowliest accommodations. And in the spiritual world, a war was raging for his life and our souls. Why?
Partly because that is how our world is. On our own, we are unjust. We are selfish, self-absorbed, foolish with our lives and those we influence. And an Omnipotent, Omniscient God chose to come to us as a helpless babe and experience all we do. He didn’t have to. He chose to because His love is that lavish and He is that invested in us. The One that rules the nations suffered injustice. And on that night everything changed! Some call Jesus the “Glorious Impossible,” because He accomplished in his life what we can never accomplish on our own.
He came to show us a loving God and by studying his life ministry in the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, we can get a clear picture of God. His birth split history in half because on that night a Savior was born, that would save his people from injustice. So why so much injustice still today? Because we have a choice. We can think we can fight injustice on our own, or we can partner with the Savior of our souls and have God on our side to help.
What must we do to join this movement to stop injustice and bring peace to a weary world? We have to admit we cannot do it on our own. God loves us enough to let us try it on our own. He loves us enough to allow us to make a mess while we try. One thing we may learn from the Christmas story is that God is not so concerned about our physical comfort or Jesus would have been born where there was comfort. He does care about the battle for our souls and THAT is why Jesus was born. Accepting Jesus as our Savior is saying I can’t fight this battle on my own and I can’t rescue others. I need a Savior and I need help to rescue others. (Believe it or not, people are not always open to the idea of being recovered from the battle for their souls. They want to try everything else before they understand the true nature of the fight) Once we have admitted we need a Savior, we should join with others in this movement who can help us grow spiritually and will come alongside us to help others. I cannot express how important it is to join with others through a fellowship or church. The battle is real and the effort to rescue others is fierce. We need a Savior, and a Higher Power called God to help us.
It’s a movement worth joining and it’s the only real movement that has eternal results, the type of results that are powerful testimonies in the middle of our struggles.
I want to share the words of this well known Christmas song by Adolph Adam:
O Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared, and the soul felt it’s worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
Fall on your knees
O hear the angel’s voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine, O night
O night divine!
Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love, and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother
And in His Name, all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise his holy Name!
Christ is the Lord, then ever! Ever praise we!
His power and glory evermore proclaim!
Only in His Name will all oppression cease. He, God, inhabits the praise of His people! Praise Him and live as praise to Him this season and all through our lives!