Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem ,
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Do You See What I See?
There are some profound testimonies in songs and hymns. The hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” was written by a man who lost his children in a tragic accident. The pain that poured out of him was sweetly intermixed with pure praise for God who comforts and strengthens. ‘No matter what happens, it is well with my soul.’
Christmas carols are no exception. In “Oh Holy Night,” there is the line ‘Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ‘til He appeared, and the soul felt its worth.’ Isn't that a wonderful word picture? He appears and your very soul suddenly knew it's worth. What a great way to explain conviction.
In ‘What Child is This?’ there is a verse that isn’t sung often. But the chorus reminds us of why He was born:
Nails, spears shall pierce Him through.
His blood be spilled for me, for you.
Hail, Hail, the Word made flesh.
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
And yes, there is even a deep message in “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Now, I know that this song is probably on many people’s list of 'most annoying Christmas Carols' along with “The Little Drummer Boy” and “The 12 Days of Christmas”. They are long songs that get over played every year.
But, on that night over 2000 years ago, there were three men of wisdom and education who looked to the skies and found something remarkable. They saw a marker up in the heavens that led them to a King that they knew they had to worship.
A group of stinky sheep herders, shepherds, also saw the same marker in the sky. They heard and saw a host of angels who couldn’t contain their joy. Those angels sang out that the ‘Son of God had come bringing peace and good will toward men.’
The men of means and the men of no means saw the same sign and responded. They brought what they had, their material treasures, their sheer adoration and they came. They came to see this Child, and when they left His presence, they spread the news in the streets and in the palaces.
A lot of people saw that star. Anyone who looked up into the sky saw the star. But they didn’t see what these people saw.
When Joseph and Mary brought the Child to the temple to have Him blessed, a lot of people saw the Child. Everyone who saw them saw the Child. But only Simon and Anna saw Him for who He really was (Luke 2:25-38).
Today, there are signs and testimonies all around us. There are acts of favor from the Lord. They happen out in the open in front of all people, but only some people see.
There are praises and thanks going forward. There are gifts offered and received. The invitations to come and feast are being sent far and wide. The Word is being preached in fullness. God is being worshipped in Spirit and in truth, but everyone doesn’t hear.
Do you see what I see? Do you hear what I hear? Do you know what I know? Do the people in your life know, see, and hear what you do? Have you really seen? Heard? If you have seen and heard, what will you do with the revelation?
The Gift has been given. He is yours. Whatever is between yourself and the Savior, I encourage you, dear one, to lay it aside so you can fully see and hear and know. This year, receive the gift of relationship. Then pass it on to someone else.
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Peace and Merry Christmas.
Sis. Stephanie Robinson
Lifeline is the evangelistic ministry of Fellowship Church in Jonesboro, GA.
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