Monday, December 3, 2012

Womb With A View ~ Christmas 2012

“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

As God knits together His precious handiwork in a mother's womb, 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)

I think of the miraculous first offspring of Mary’s womb. 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.

Mary’s womb was a womb with a view.

God formed Jesus in Mary’s womb to be His servant, our Savior and our Redeemer. Jesus loves the people of the world perfectly and completely. We need a Redeemer because of our sin, rebellion and independence from God.

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

His view from the womb: the redemption and salvation of a people whom He loves. His purpose: our new life made holy in Him, to know Him through the gift of eternal life.

“‘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

As we celebrate our Savior’s birth this Christmas season, may we  remember the sacred “Womb With A View”. With humility, reverence and awe, may we 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.

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. Thank you that You had a womb with a view.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  

Blessed, Merry Christmas
from our family to yours!

"In that day, the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath...He will be a spirit of justice...a source of strength..."  (Isaiah 28:5-6)


Mary said...

A M E N ! ! As always, your post or words make perfect sense and have blessed my day. Sharon, may this Christmas season bless you with the love, warmth, and truth you give to so many others through your words of wisdom that come from our Lord. My life has been touched by you, and I thank God for the blessings I receive from your posts. Are you ever using the gifts He has given to you! Merry Christmas, Sharon!

Jennifer Dougan said...

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for letting me stop by. I was captured by the verse fragment at the end of your post: "...He will be... a source of strength." That resonates in me tonight. Thanks.

Jennifer Dougan