Mary Did You Know... He is Lord of All Creation
Falling in love with Jesus has been both instantaneous and incremental. My heart’s cry at age 25 (when I came to the end of myself) was for God to give me a heart to love Him more than anything else in this world. Can we just be honest? I knew myself well enough to know that I could never truly follow Jesus unless I first loved Him.
Instantly, I felt my heart change. New Life. New Birth. New Desires. New King. The New Heart promised in Scripture became my very own. This initial love was just the seed, which has gradually grown, and continues to bloom in my heart even to this day. Why? Oh, I've learned the key.
The more I've come to know Him through studying the Word and following Him in obedience, the more my heart has grown to flat-out adore Jesus. Here’s the thing: when we behold His glory and see His greatness we can’t help but be in awe of the One we can know as “Friend of Sinners.” If one hymn summarizes how I feel about Him, it is Fairest Lord Jesus.
Fairest Lord Jesus! Ruler of all nature! O Thou of God and man the Son!
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, Thou my soul’s glory, joy and crown!
Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands, robed in the blooming garb of spring; Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, who makes the woeful heart to sing.
Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight, and all the twinkling starry host: Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer than all the angels heav’n can boast.
Beautiful Savior! Lord of the nations! Son of God and Son of Man! Glory and honor, praise, adoration now and forevermore be Thine!
Here’s a small bit of trivia. I walked down the aisle on my wedding day to this hymn. I chose it because it perfectly entwines excellent theology with enraptured devotion. My “Fairest Lord Jesus” would be center stage on the most important day of my life. I will never forget crying my eyes out as my father escorted me toward the altar as the band sang, “Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, Thou my soul’s glory, joy and crown!”
So what does this have to do with Christmas?
Great question. I’m so very glad you asked.
Throughout this series, we’ve stopped to ponder some deep theological questions. Here’s the reason: a right view of God leads us to a great love for God. Therefore, we’ve intentionally marveled at the miracle of Christmas from many vantage points, all which have led us to the star of the show—Jesus, the Son of God.
While Christmas is profoundly theological, we must not lose sight of the fact that is primarily relational. The God who formed, fashioned, and breathed life into us, stepped into our mess, and became one of us. Christmas is the greatest love story of all time. Which leads us to think on this question:
“Mary, did you know your baby boy is Lord of all Creation?’
Jesus was not just a prophet. He was not just a miracle worker. He was not just a perfect man. He was and is the Lord of all Creation.
There is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but oneLord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live—1 Corinthians 8:6.
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe—Hebrews 1:1-2.
It is absolutely mindboggling to think that Mary held in her arms…
- The Lord of all Creation
- The Universe Speaker
- The Star Breather
- The Life Giver
- The Planet Maker
- The Ocean Tamer
- The Cross Bearer
- The Death Defeater
- The Hope Giver.
The greatness and majesty of Jesus proves unfathomable. His radiance eclipses sun moon and stars. Today make time to stop and behold the heavens and worship the One who spoke them into existence.
Questions to Ponder:
- How does your perspective on Christmas change when you consider the fact that Jesus is Lord of all Creation?
- Read through the creation story in Genesis 1. Imagine Jesus speaking each element of creation into existence. Journal your thoughts.
- Read Hebrews 1:1-3. What do you discover about Jesus in these verses?