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December 22, 2012 / Pastor George Fike

On the 10th day of Christmas… Break Me, Lord

12 days - 10 lordsJami Smith posted this to facebook today, and it just wrecked me.  We tend to close out the world and think exclusively about our own nuclear family from Thanksgiving through Christmas.  We put off the needs of the “non-us” so we can enjoy our happy little season.  But hurt takes no holidays. So neither does God.  In fact, the whole season of Christmas is about God deciding there was enough hurt in the world.  It was the optimum time to inject Himself like a virus in a manger in a barn.  Thank God that infection spread!

Can you imagine the eternal Son, co-equal with Father God, looking down from heaven on the earth?  He closes his eyes, and when next He opens them, he is staring upward toward the heavens He came from.  The streets of gold have been exchanged for a bed of straw.  He – the Word – is now unable to speak- just gurgle and goo-goo.  He will have to experience life like the rest of us flesh-and-bloods.  He will have to regain knowledge, wisdom, strength, and emotion.

Although he designed the human genome, He now had a firsthand experience of the human condition.  And so He became the perfect advocate and servant to us.  God had always been our Helper; we just couldn’t comprehend Him.  Now we had God with flesh on.

It is so important to be able to gain a new perspective.  If the experience was valuable for the limitless God, how much more do we need to see through the eyes of others?  Indeed, to see through God’s eyes.  To be lifted to heaven and to look down on our own lives.

The prophet Isaiah told the story of his own recovery in Isaiah 6:1-8…

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.  And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.  With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

  • First, he saw a mess.  His country was in turmoil with the unexpected death of the king.
  • Second, he saw God as he had never seen him before, high and lifted up, holy and pure.
  • Third, he saw himself as he never had before, impure, literally ruined.
  • Fourth, he saw that God could – and would – restore him.
  • Fifth, he experienced healing, painful though it was.
  • Finally, he saw the world as he never had before: in need of a healed person to bring healing.

I, too, had to take the same journey.  It took 12 giant steps and nearly a year. Then I had to take it again.  And yet again.  But my eyes have been changed completely.  And will yet have to be changed again, I know.  But the change is well worth the pain.


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