Christmas is a season of traditions, and I think we’ve started a new one in our family. My daughters and I have discovered the joy of driving at night with Christmas music turned up ridiculously loud and singing together at the top of our lungs. One of their favourites is Mary Did You Know. There are some lyrics in that song that send shivers down my spine (if that can be a good thing, rather than just a fear thing).
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby, you kissed the face of God?
All the hype in the world cannot overcome the genuine wonder of the incarnation. All the magic of flying reindeer and a lightning fast large man getting down narrow or nonexistent chimneys is nothing compared to the reality of Christmas – the reality of the God over all, stooping down to become flesh and dwell amongst us. Richard Sibbes wrote that
The Incarnation is a greater mystery than that of creation. We cannot too often meditate of these things. It is the life and soul of a Christian. It is the marrow of the gospel. It is the wonder of wonders. We need not wonder at anything after this.
Let’s be sure to not let the plastic version of Christmas offered by the world (enjoyable as some of it is!) make us lose our sense of the wonder of the incarnation. It is the wonder of wonders.
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping child you’re holding, is the great, I AM!
Now if I could just find a good version of my favourite Christmas song, then we could go for another drive in the dark:
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail th’ incarnate Deity,
pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Christmas greetings from everyone associated with Cor Deo. Thank you for praying for us. We hope you have a great Christmas and a very encouraging New Year.