Countdown to Christmas – How Great Is Our God – The Christmas Story pt4
“How great is our God, sing with me, how great is our God, and all will see how great, how great, is our God..”
While singing this song during church service tonight (Wednesday) I had the image of baby Jesus laying in the manger, in my head. We were kneeling before him like the wise men, or the shepherds may have. We often lift our hands in worship or turn our eyes towards heaven as that is where Jesus is now, but thinking of baby Jesus as he was laying in a dirty manger, down near our knees, here on earth. How great, how great is our God. Whether it’s singing to him as he lives in heaven, or imagining singing this chorus kneeling before him how great, how great is our God.
Today as we read about the birth of John the Baptist we may think of how God made Zechariah so he couldn’t speak until he wrote, “His name is John.” Only our great God, our Father, could do that.
Only God could prepare and make so detailed plans that Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin, was pregnant at the same time she was. That it would happen that Elizabeth is very old while Mary is very young, both pregnant with significant beings. One who is born ahead of time and comes to prepare the way, and one our Savior, the Son of God, who came so that we might have eternal life. Both born from the same family, and of unlikely chosen women.
All of these parts of the Christmas stories can make you stand in wonder at how great our God is.
As you read about the Birth of John the Baptist keep this chorus in your mind. Thinking about when John was born and when Jesus was born and how great this baby really is. Reflect on it –
How great, how great is our God..
The Birth of John the Baptist
When it was time for Elizabeth’s baby to be born, she gave birth to a son.
And when her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had been very merciful to her, everyone rejoiced with her.
When the baby was eight days old, they all came for the circumcision ceremony. They wanted to name him Zechariah, after his father.
But Elizabeth said, “No! His name is John!”
“What?” they exclaimed. “There is no one in all your family by that name.” So they used gestures to ask the baby’s father what he wanted to name him. He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s surprise he wrote, “His name is John.”
Instantly Zechariah could speak again, and he began praising God.
Awe fell upon the whole neighborhood, and the news of what had happened spread throughout the Judean hills.
Everyone who heard about it reflected on these events and asked, “What will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was surely upon him in a special way.