This morning I was reading through the first chapter of Ezekiel, and I came across this section,
“A voice came from above the expanse over their heads; when they stood still, they lowered their wings. The shape of a throne with the appearance of sapphire stone was above the expanse. There was a form with the appearance of a human on the throne high above. From what seemed to be His waist up, I saw a gleam like amber, with what looked like fire enclosing it all around. From what seemed to be His waist down, I also saw what looked like fire. There was a brilliant light all around Him. The appearance of the brilliant light all around was like that of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day. This was the appearance of the form of the Lord’s glory. When I saw it, I fell facedown and heard a voice speaking” (Ezek. 1:25–28).1
Can you picture what was just described? The prophet Ezekiel saw this vision while in exile in Babylon. He was awaiting time when the Lord would restore the nation of Israel to the Promised Land. His response to seeing the Lord’s glory was to fall facedown (v. 28b). Ezekiel, a man saved by grace through faith in the promises of God, was overwhelmed by the glory of the one true God.
As we approach Christmas, a time Christians set aside to praise God for the birth of his Son, are we amazed by the glory of God in the face of his son Jesus Christ? “For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6). Are we humbled by the gift of God’s Son? Do we rejoice in what God has provided for us in his Son? Read about the heavenly blessings born again Christians have in Christ,
“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved. We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him for the administration of the days of fulfillment —to bring everything together in the Messiah, both things in heaven and things on earth in Him. We have also received an inheritance in Him, predestined according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will, so that we who had already put our hope in the Messiah might bring praise to His glory. When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory” (Eph. 1:3–14).2
These blessings are reasons for amazement and rejoicing on the part of every true Christian, at Christmas time and year round.
Do these truths result in amazement and rejoicing in your heart? If not, you have a heart problem. It is one of two things: you do not know Jesus Christ personally as Lord and Savior; or you know Christ personally as Lord and Savior, but your relationship with him is not as close as it should be because of some form of sin. Either way, there is a decision to make. Repent and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; or, repent and confess your sin to your Lord and Savior so that you may be restored to a close relationship with Christ.
If you are amazed by and rejoicing in the truth of God’s Word shared here, praise the God of heaven. Continue to praise him this Christmas and all of your days.
1Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, HCSB®, and Holman CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009).
2Emphasis is mine.