Saturday, December 25, 2010

Womb With A View - Christmas 2010

“And now the LORD says—He who formed me in the womb to be His servant…for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD
and my God has been my strength.”
Isaiah 49:5 

"...just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:28

A womb is a sacred place held in the hands of God. As God knits together His precious handiwork, the Creator ordains the days and knows His purpose for His creation. ”For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)

Consider the miraculous first offspring of Mary’s womb. "The first offspring of every womb belongs to me…” Exodus 34:19 The One who was with God in the beginning, the One through whom all things were made (John 4:1-4), was now being knit together by our Heavenly Father’s hands as a babe. Why? Because Mary’s womb was a womb with a view. He formed Jesus in Mary’s womb to be His servant, our Savior and Redeemer. Jesus loves the people of the world perfectly and completely. We need a Redeemer because of our sin, rebellion and independence from God.

Jesus’ view from Mary’s womb was both glorious and heart-wrenching. His creation and His people spread out before Him, He viewed the necessity of the cross. With His death and resurrection on the horizon, He viewed the new life that only His saving grace could bring. “…how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!” Romans 5:15 (NIV)

His view from the womb embodied His ultimate view from the cross. Psalm 22 is “A View From The Cross”:

“Yet you brought me out of the womb; You made me trust in you even at my mother's breast. From birth I was cast upon You; from my mother's womb You have been my God.” (vv. 9-10)

The Heart-wrenching View:

“I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing. But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.” (vv. 14-19)

The Glorious View:

“The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise Him— may your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before Him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and He rules over the nations.” (vv. 26-28)

The View For Those Still Wombed:

“They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn—for He has done it.” (v. 31)

He has done it. His view from the womb: the redemption and salvation of a people whom He loves. His purpose: our new, made-holy life in Him, to know Him. “‘Here I am. I have come to do Your will.’ And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:9, 10

"Now this is eternal life: that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent."  John 17:3

He did it once for all. As we celebrate our Savior’s birth this Christmas season, let’s consider the sacred “Womb With A View”. With humility, reverence and awe, let’s completely yield and surrender our hearts and life to His view for our lives. Just as Christ was our servant, may we serve Him with surrendered hearts in obedience. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:45 (NIV)

Our Savior, thank You that we were and are in Your view since the beginning. Thank you for Your obedience in coming to earth as a babe and then redeeming us by Your death on the cross and Your resurrection. By Your grace and strength, may our lives be marked by humility and obedience, just like You. This is not a prayer we pray lightly, but one we pray with great reverence and trust.  We are humbled that You came to save and serve us. Fill us so that we may be surrendered servants for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  

Blessed, Merry Christmas
from our family to yours!

Gabrielle & Joshua (Christmas 2006)
Jesus, thank you for having us in Your view
and in Your heart.  We love you!


Pinkshoelady said...

My dear friend that is beautifully done!
Thank you.

Toia said...

This is awesome!!! Such a beautiful word!!

Sarah said...

Simply beautiful. I am always drenched in His Word when I stop by.

And I want to invite you friend to a to a water buffalo party for India. No formal wear required, just stop by and visit

Be blessed bunches,