This Sunday we attended worship at Victory. It felt nice to worship in community again. Churches were snowed out last week, and we have been floundering in our church tryouts. Sometimes it is just exhausting, particularly when all you want is to be at home with your family.
This Sunday was the program that got snowed out, What Child is This, which focused on "behold," a word Scripture authors used to get readers attention. Often the only things that people know about Jesus is that he was born in a manger and that his name is a cussword. Pastor Curt illustrated some more things we should know about Jesus by using behold.
A prophecy written about Jesus but written 700 years before his birth:
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 NKJV
The sacrificial lamb, the prescribed sin offering from long ago:
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 NKJV
Fully divine, but also a man who understands our pain, grief, fears:
Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.” John 19:5-6 NKJV
The soon returning King:
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Revelation 22:12-13 NKJV
In Christmas time when we think about the gift of Jesus born as a babe, it is good to meditate on the gift of grace that this man who is God also brought and the gift of the promise that this King has made to us.