We’re just looking through possible songs to use through Christmas. We like to have a mix of traditional and newer carols.  Yesterday, I found this fantastic song by Chris Tomlin.[1]

The song tells us about the one who

“…stepped down from heaven. Humbly you came God of all creation Here with us In a starlet manger Emmanuel Light of the world Here to save”

These are incredible words. They talk about an amazing God. It’s not the sort of thing you make up about God. Pagan religions may have their “gods” who take on human form but:

  1. These gods are not seen as the great creator and sustainer of the Universe but rather as super powerful but still finite beings
  2. Their purpose in doing this is selfish. They come to experience human form and its pleasures, settle scores and sleep with beautiful women.

So, the idea that the eternal, infinite, all powerful creator God would humble himself and come to live among us is incredible.  It’s something we can only know because God has revealed it to us.

What should our response be? Tomlin echoes the last verse of In the Bleak midwinter putting it this way.

“Wise men bring their treasures Shepherds bow low Angel voices sing of peace on earth What have I to offer To heaven’s King I’ll bring my life, my love, my all.”

There’s something of the sense there that we cannot pay God back for this incredible gift. When sharing the gospel, we rightly focus on the point that we cannot earn our own salvation because the penalty is too great, the crime too terrible.

Yet, there’s another dynamic to this. It’s not just that I can’t pay for what I’ve done. It’s that I can’t pay God back for what he has done. God’s grace and love are too wonderful, too amazing, too overwhelming.

As we saw earlier this year, realizing this means that even an attitude of gratitude is too weak. That’s John Piper’s starting point for pushing us to living in response to God’s Future Grace.[2] You see, God’s grace and love isn’t just a one off transaction, a finite resource that will sometime run out. God’s grace, love and mercy are like a spring of water overflowing continuously to us for eternity.

So our right response is to worship this Great and good God.

“Adore Come let us adore Oh come let us adore him The Lord, worship Christ, the Lord Let all that is within us Adore”


[1] Adore, Chris Tomlin, Graham Kendrick, Martin Chalk, Jared Haschek, Dan Galbreith ©2016

[2] John Piper, The Purifying Power of Living By Faith in Future Grace, (IVP, Leicester, 1995), See also