Worship Him Fully This Christmas Season

Worship Him Fully This Christmas Season

I know of the evils of social media.  Yes, it can consume.  Yes, it can distract.  Yes, it can hinder conversation.  But, it can also bring to mind a thought which changes a day.  Or even a season.  My Twitter feed did that for me this week.  As I was checking down my feed, trying to ignore the latest political nonsense (which I usually enjoy, by the way), there it was.  Just a couple of sentences written at some point before 430 A.D.  That’s old than me and even you, even if just slightly.  But the words resonated with me.  Perhaps I should have known them, because I imagine they are a bit famous.  I’m mean, they made it onto Twitter.  But here is what they said, in speaking about our Jesus:

“He was created of a mother whom he created. He was carried by hands that he formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy, he the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute” (Augustine of Hippo).

Who was this Augustine?  Augustine of Hippo, St. Augustine, if you prefer, was born in 354 A.D., in Africa. He is one of the most influential theologians of the early church, and maybe one of the most influential ever.  He grew up with the Barbarians invading the Roman Empire from the north and heretics plotted the demise of the church from within.  At age 31, he came to Christ and his life was changed.  As was the church, eventually.

His words challenged me to examine my own perspective of Christmas.  There is really nothing new in what he wrote, I’ve preached incarnation many times.  But the way he said it struck a nerve in my soul.  I was reminded that we cannot overemphasize the humanity of Jesus at the expense of His deity, especially at the manger.  The One Who came to Bethlehem is the One who made the stones of which it was built.  He made the shepherds who worshipped that night.  And the angels. The Word could only cry, not speak.  Not that night.  Or for a while.

Our culture is all over the humanity of Jesus, but not so much the deity.  And that leaves us with a hollow celebration that doesn’t bring much meaning to Christmas – or to life. We worship God in that manger.  Never forget it.  Never deny it.

We have a week left before the big day. And our preparations must include setting aside some time to spend with Jesus, the Baby.  Our God.  I found another quote from Augustine.  Guess I ought to put it on my Twitter feed:

Our Lord came down from life to suffer death; the Bread came down, to hunger;
the Way came down, on the way to weariness; the Fount came down, to thirst.  — Sermon 78

At Christmas, we must remember that eternal God became flesh.  And for such a moment in history we must bow in humble worship our Lord and our God.  You can’t afford to just go through the motions.  You really can’t.  The story we tell is not simple and never ordinary.  God is with us. Worship Him fully this Christmas season.  Fully.