Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. —John 20:30–31
Did you grow up in the church? Can you recite the doctrines of faith without thinking? Sing great hymns on autopilot without really thinking about the theology behind what you are singing? Yawn through creeds and responsive readings? Are we asleep because it is all so familiar? As Piper says in today’s Advent Devotional:
“…Among us something must be done to help us once more feel the awe, the fear, the astonishment, the wonder of the Son of God, begotten by the Father from all eternity, reflecting all the glory of God, being the very image of his person, through whom all things were created, upholding the universe by the word of his power. You can read every fairy tale that was ever written, every mystery thriller, every ghost story, and you will never find anything so shocking, so strange, so weird and so spellbinding as the story of the incarnation of the Son of God. How dead we are! How callous and unfeeling to his glory and his story! How often have I had to repent and say, ‘God, I am sorry that the stories men have made up stir my emotions, my awe and wonder and admiration and joy, more than your own true story.'”
It is time to contemplate our Eternal, Creator God and our Saving Christ. It is time to have a real relationship between them (Him) and ourselves. We have this Jesus, who performed great miracles and transformed great sinners, and He is still doing this today. It should be enough to get us excited, entice us to want to know more, encourage us to grow that relationship with Him. Maybe, just maybe, we don’t see the miracles today or get excited while we worship, because we have become complacent in our Faith. Our God, our Christ, His Word, has not changed. It should humble us to a place of awe, it should frighten us to obedience, we should be filled with wonder at His great works.
Let’s pray, during this season, and every season that the Holy Spirit moves in our lives, in a way that awakens us and shakes us up.
God has used this devotional as a convicting message to me. Piper ends with this prayer. It is my prayer today:
O, how I pray for a breaking forth of the Spirit of God upon me and upon you. I pray for the Holy Spirit to break into my experience in a frightening way, to wake me up to the unimaginable reality of God. One of these days lightning is going to fill the sky from the rising of the sun to its setting, and there is going to appear in the clouds one like a son of man with his mighty angels in flaming fire. And we will see him clearly. And whether from terror or sheer excitement, we will tremble and we will wonder how, how we ever lived so long with such a domesticated, harmless Christ. These things are written that you might believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came into the world. Really believe.
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