It’s Christmas time and we Martin’s are starting to feel all the feelings! Ya know?! That warm on the inside, cold on the outside vibe.
We decorated the Christmas tree, we’ve been singing some Christmas songs, and we even got to open some of our first gifts of the season! Not to be too cheesy, but it really is just a wonderful time of the year.
Some might say that we are feeling the “spirit” of Christmas…and it feels good!
This past weekend we got to play music four nights in a row for different groups of folks. Playing for Christmas parties is the best! So much cheer… plus all the free and yummy holiday treats. :)
However, during one of our recent events, we were about to sing our song Spirit Speak and Emily was setting the stage for the song… when all of the sudden, something amazingly profound started coming out of her mouth! (Side note: this is not a rare occurrence. I love that woman!)
You see, Spirit Speak is a prayer based on 1 Corinthians 2:10-12:
“Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man that is in him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God.”
Imagine this: suppose this coming Christmas you got the biggest and best gift possible! Suppose you woke up and saw the gift wrapped under the tree with your name right on the front. But suppose you never took the wrapping paper off! Suppose you never knew or understood WHAT the gift was that you had been given! Suppose you just kept it sitting there under the tree.
That is truly what many people do with the gifts offered to us in Christ. With the gift of Christ Himself!
God WANTS us to know Him! Let’s not take that for granted. That is an amazing gift!
So the question is… do we really know Him? Are we trying to know Him? Are we asking the Spirit of God to reveal Jesus to us? It’s a free gift just waiting for us!
The scripture above is about our great dependence on the Holy Spirit. We NEED Him to reveal God to us. We NEED Him to reveal Jesus to us. Our prayer is that He would open our eyes and our ears because we cannot see or understand without his help.
Our dependence on the Holy Spirit became for us a very sobering thought when Emily started framing this verse in the light of the Christmas season.
“He was in the world and the world was created through Him, yet the world did not recognize Him”.
This Christmas, let’s rejoice and celebrate the fact that Jesus has come! But let’s also be reminded of (and feel) our incredible need for the Spirit of God to REVEAL Jesus to us.
What a tragedy for Jesus to come and for no one to recognize Him! What a tragedy for us to potentially go through this Christmas season celebrating but never really seeing or knowing Jesus during this time!
Our prayer for ourselves (and for you!) this season, is that the Spirit of God would make Jesus known to us this Christmas like never before! That He would draw us in to deeper relationship with Christ over these coming days.
SO many people missed it!
“None of the rulers of [the] age knew [Him], for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
2 Corinthians 2:8
Let’s not look at those rulers from a safe distance. Though it’s somewhat painful, I need to remember that when I’m reading the Word of God, I’m looking into a mirror.
There was a time when I didn’t know. MY sin is what crucified the Lord of glory. There are times still when I forget or can’t see clearly and I continue to walk in the sin that crucified the Lord of glory.
Holy Spirit we need you to make Christ known to us! We need you in order to understand what has been FREELY given to us.
The Lord wants us to know Him this season and every season. He has given us His Spirit as a gift…and the Spirit’s intent is to help us understand all the other things that have been FREELY given to us in Christ.
Let’s prayerfully ask for more of the God-revealing, Christ-exalting Spirit this season. Because the promise is that if we ask, we will receive. (Matt. 7:7)