The Wonder!

There’s the wonder of sunset at evening,
The wonder as sunrise I see;
But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul
Is the wonder that God loves me.
O, the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.
O, the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.
There’s the wonder of springtime and harvest,
The sky, the stars, and the sun;
But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul
Is a wonder that’s just begun.
O, the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.
O, the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me
Just to think that God loves me
“Wonder of It All” written by George Beverly Shea

What did the people expect when the Messiah came?

Someone rich, powerful, luxurious, elusive and transcendent. They wanted a deliverer.  Someone to tear down the oppressors.

All of the above.  Jesus was all of that but not in the way they expected.

Rich – not with money, but with love.  2 Corinthians 8:9, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that through Him poverty might become rich.”

PowerfulPsalm 95:3, “For the Lord is the great God, and he great King above all gods.”  But when He came he was humble and a servant.  Philippians 2:7, “But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of men.”

Luxurious – He came from a heavenly throne.  They didn’t expect Him to be born in a manger.  Luke 2:7, “And she brought forth her first born Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths,, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

ElusiveThey thought He would be hard to find and unapproachable.  Instead they found Him to be inclusive, accepting of all.  His redemption would disrupt the established world.  The poor would be rich, the hungry would be filled, the power would be extended to the lowly, who would be exalted.  Mary knew this from the beginning when she raised her song of praise, known as the “Magnificant” in Luke 1:46-55.

TranscendentThey expected someone above the normal, a genius.  He was more than that He is Omnipresent, God with us, everywhere, always.  More than our spirituality – it’s personal.

Now that Christmas has past, we can look back at the wonders of what Christmas has brought.

 

Not the mess that was left under the tree on Christmas morning!!

I’m talking the real wonders of Christmas

 

God became a man, in Jesus

What Awe!

 

 

 

Humbly He came as a baby – to be a King

Born in a manger, where cows and sheep reside.

 

 

 

He was the Son of God born of a human mother and a human earthly father.

To know their son was to be the Saviour of the world.

 

To be rejected from the beginning of His life.  No room in the inn.

 

To being rejected by most, to be hung on a cross.

 

 

He had heroic worshippers,  the shepherds, the least of humanity.

What about us?  Are we any better to worship him?

 

We are favoured by God to worship His Son.

 

 

 

His mission was HolyHe came to be our redeemerto die for us that we might live – sinners like us, every one.  Colossians 1:13-14, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

How Wonderful ! ! !

The start of a new year gives us another opportunity to wonder at His love for us and a chance to start living our lives with love for Him!

Our hope is in Jesus

Try HIM ! ! !