After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
I can honestly say, I had a “life-changing” encounter with Jesus. It was in probably the most unlikely place. I heard His Voice in a dance club, and I had to leave, because I saw clearly the “darkness” and I drove home feeling His Presence in my car. (http://www.facebook.com/julie.coggins?v=box_3&ref=profile#/note.php?note_id=64692676730)
So, when I hear that big, powerful shepherds came to a stable (an unlikely place) and fell down and worshipped Jesus (in Humanity’s most frail form, a baby), my Spirit knows that there was more to that meeting.
I believe when shepherds came & bowed, it wasn’t to just “a baby”. The Presence of God so filled that place, worship was all they could do!
Think long and hard about grown scruffy shepherds relating to an unrelated child. Even when I think about Wisemen with a toddler, I am reminded of intellectual professors and scientists. What could have entertained these men who juggled theorums and equations in their Highly intelligent minds?
What took a hold of Moses, that even after seeing God’s power, he begged for more,
Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
What captured David, the boy turned King, who cried,
As the hart panteth after the water brooks,
so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
What about the Apostle Paul? He had a passion for the One who knocked Him off His horse with the brightest light, and still wanted something more,
that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death;
I definitely know Heaven can meet Earth, and it is not just a “peck on the neck” power we feel. It can be overwhelming! It can be a Powerful Tide of the Glory of God!
I believe that when the Angels sang, “Glory to God in the Highest”, it didn’t mean the highest heaven up above. We’ve filed that phrase under “What to say at Christmas” and don’t study it and or use it into our vocabulary. Greek translation is ‘Glory in the highest to God, and upon earth peace, among men — good will.’ Luke 2:14 It means the Highest Glory, The “Cream of the crop”, the Best Glory!
Guess who represents God on earth. It is Jesus! Jesus brings the glorious presence of God!
This glory met Earth, and still meets Earth for those seeking More of Jesus!
We have an opportunity to experience Jesus at any given moment, and when we are open to Him, He “meets” us! God’s Glory penetrates our world. Sometimes it messes us up, humbles us. Like a father lifts his child up to give him “a sloppy wet kiss”* just to love on him. It gets us deep… It is more than just another meeting… We experience the Glory of God…
…And all we can do is worship!
*from How He Loves by John Mark McMillan