And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.”
Every year at our WEC conference, we do something called “Snapshots”. Each person at the conference gets one minute during the week to share a word or image that captures how God has been working in their lives in the past year. And each year, I’ve struggled to find just the right word or picture that adequately conveys how God has been working in me.
This year, though, will be different. Because for these last few months there’s a word that has been buzzing around my head, popping up in scripture and songs, calling me to attention each time I come across it. One word that points to something more.
The word itself means nothing unless it has an object to point to. And yet it builds anticipation; a knowledge that whatever comes next is going to be important. That whatever comes next cannot be skimmed over or ignored, it demands to be noticed.
"And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus." (Luke 1:31)
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29)
"Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners." (Matthew 26:45)
We marvel at Mary’s obedience as an angel tells her she will give birth to a Saviour.
We rejoice in the light that Jesus brings to a world that has wandered so far away from the heart of God.
We grieve at the cost of our redemption, that the son of God would offer his life to save our hopelessly broken ones.
But (behold!) Jesus HAS brought hope!
Our Saviour has taken what sin had distorted, and he makes it holy.
He makes us whole.
This Christmas season, let’s take time to behold what our God has done, and what he continues to do to the glory of our Saviour, Jesus Christ!
Jolene Sanders, Director of Worship
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
- Isaiah 12:2
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