Last week, I preached at NCC that the core message of Christmas is “come and see.” A baby…lying in a stone feeding trough for animals…proclaimed as the hope of the world. Come and see. The Creator, come in the skin of his own creation, subjected to the care of his own creation, to offer the ultimate sacrifice and rescue his creation from pain, death, and sin. God came to earth. Come and see. The miracle of Christmas is not that there was a idyllic picture-worthy silent night. It wasn’t that angels sang or a star blazed across the sky. The miracle of Christmas is that God came as a man. Fully human. Fully divine. Fully awesome. When we try to wrap our brains around that, it leaves us completely dumbstruck. In awe and wonder.
When we come and see Christ for who he really is, it should leave us wonderstruck.
My friend, Margaret Feinberg, is one of my favorite authors, speakers, friends, and gold panners (yes, we did that once). Her new book and 7-session Bible Study called Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God (releasing Christmas Day)—a personal invitation for you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life. Wonderstruck will help you:
- Recognize the presence of God in the midst of your routine
- Unearth extraordinary moments on ordinary days
- Develop a renewed passion for God
- Identify what’s holding you back in prayer
- Discover joy in knowing you’re wildly loved
Follow Margaret’s snarky, funny, and inspirational posts on Twitter, Facebook, or her blog. You can learn more about this great book by visiting www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck where she’s offering some crazy promos right now with up to $300 of free stuff. I’ve seen the book for as low as $7.95 ($14.99 retail) on Barnes & Noble. Get it. For your small group. Your family. Your personal growth.
So where have you seen the wonder of God in your life?