May Christmas be a reminder for God’s people to sing songs of joy and exaltation. The transcendent God has visited us in our lowliness. While our hearts marvel at the extent of God’s love, mercy and grace, our souls will proclaim this mighty deed.
The world has not known any better news than that of God becoming man in order to redeem lost mankind. The Son of God took on flesh in order to die on our behalf. Jesus Christ willingly left His heavenly status and splendor and humbly identified with us. From the manger to the cross, he remained our humble savior. In a manger, the God of all splendor and majesty identified with our poverty. On the cross, He who in essence is God, suffered the shame and death we deserved. “[Christ] being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!” (Phil 2:6-8). This he did to bring us to himself: so that we might share in his eternal glory (2 Cor. 8:9).
At a [right] point in time, one who eternally existed within the Godhead was born of a woman (Gal. 4:4). He put on flesh and dwelt among us: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth,” (John 1:14). Jesus is the embodiment of the glory of the father and the fullness of grace and truth. Indeed, we have no savior and friend like him; “a savior so high and holy, yet so meek and lowly.” Jesus Christ stooped so low to make and show the way to the father for strayed mankind. May the world find hope in this gracious savior. As Psalm 98:2-3 declares “The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.”
Let all God’s people burst into the proclamation of this mighty act of salvation. “O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory,” (Psalm 98:1). Just as Mary sings in Luke 1:46-55, let our souls magnify the name of the one who visited us and lifted us from our lowly state. “For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name,” (Luke 1:49). Let the world hear our proclamation of the savior’s name and his marvelous acts (Luke 2:17).