And we all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3: 18

 

When W. Chatterton Dix wrote his classic Christmas hymn he asked this question, “What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?” Then, in the chorus he answers his own question, “This, this is Christ the King!” This baby whose birth we celebrate at Christmas is the Christ, the one who God sent to end the separation from Him that sinful rebellion had created in a movement of the creature away from its Creator. Now, in the advent of God in the flesh on the earth, we have complete access and acceptance before the great and perfectly holy glory of God.

 

God established a system of acts and sacrifices that were intended to demonstrate the desire and the willingness of people to come into His presence and that worked to continually remind us of our loyalty to our Lord. Yet, that loyalty was frail and often failed to last. We are sinful beings, this is our natural state of being, and it is impossible for us to escape sin’s imprisonment without God’s intervention. This point of intervention is where our lives and the child on Mary’s lap intersect. For this humble baby and the Great King that He is do have the power and the authority to overcome any and all conditions of the body, mind, and heart that enslave people.

 

As we turn to Christ, He removes all that separates us from standing before God in the full revelation of our humanity and the complete appreciation of His glory. Then God works in and on us to transform what was previously lost and dead into people who are living human bearers of that same glory of heaven, which brings the light of salvation and the soothing oil of peace into the world. In Christ we are made new and by the work of Christ’s Spirit we are transformed. So, followers of Christ are called upon to, “Haste, haste to bring Him praise” and the way that we do this is by living boldly in our world as people who bring this revealed glory of God into the darkness of sin’s night of death.