Have We Lost Our Sense of Awe?

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

I am sure you can remember a time when you could hardly wait for Christmas to arrive.  Everything about Christmas was marked by anticipation, excitement, and expectation.  But, as we grow older, much of the wonder and excitement is replaced with the feeling that there is too much to get done and too little time to do it in.  So, how can we restore the wonder and joy of Christmas that should accompany the celebration of Christ’s first advent? 

In the gospel of Luke we read about the angelic announcement that was delivered to shepherds out in the fields.  Heaven itself could not contain its excitement as the angel said “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.”  The good news is the announcement that God’s plan of salvation is being fulfilled through Jesus Christ for in Him the invisible was made visible.

Take time this week to read Luke one and two and rediscover a sense of awe that should fill all of us every time we reflect on how Jesus Christ remained what He was (God) and became what He was not (man) so that our sins could be paid in full and we could receive forgiveness and new life.  If the thought of the Creator becoming subject to His creation, the King of Glory exchanging his throne for an animal trough doesn’t stir your heart, then something is definitely wrong.