In honor of Christmas, I'm re-posting the following from a few Christmas's ago. Just something I wrote as I pondered the true meaning of Christmas
The four living creatures with six wings and four faces ceased moving
and the wheels by their side grew still. Lightning and thunder that
roared beyond the throne halted its magnificent rumblings. All grew
still as the Son of God rose from his seat beside the Father. With all
eyes watching, He slipped off his royal robes and removed the crown from
His head and laid them at His Father's feet, then leaned in to kiss Him
on the cheek before taking the steps one by one down from the throne.
He stopped at the bottom for one last glance up at His Father. And the
love that poured between them was so powerful, it brought the assembly
of millions to their knees. Then turning, the Son skirted the glassy sea
and started for the massive golden doors at the end of the hall. With
each step He took, angels parted before him, laying delicate palm fronds of spun silver
at his feet. He cast loving glances their way, but their eyes were
downcast in reverence before Him, in awe, in astonishment at the
sacrifice He made.
The crunch of his bare feet on the fronds echoed through the massive
golden room as the Son, jaw tightening, eyes pooling, set his face like
flint toward the doors now opening before Him. It took every ounce of
His strength not to turn around and look once more upon His Father, not
to run back into His arms and remain with Him forever. As it has always
been. But love spurred Him on. A love so strong, it knew no bounds, no
fear, no regret.
The Son halted at the door and peered into the darkness beyond. A
blackness thick and heavy with evil and sickness and pain and rejection
and sorrow. And death. Throwing back his shoulders, He took a deep
breath and entered that darkness.
A single tear slipped down the Father's face as His Only Son became a man.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life John 3:15