|Nativity Alphabet artwork by Krista Hamrick|
Krista Hamrick’s beautiful original art print, Nativity Alphabet, has so inspired me. Each of the 26 words in the Nativity Alphabet are so intricately painted, almost like stained glass windows. My heart has been drawn to write 26 Devotions Focusing on Christ in the Nativity Alphabet.
While pondering the word, "Behold," I was inspired by Hillsong’s Behold (Then Sings My Soul) …Behold His holy Son, The Lion and the Lamb given to us, The Word became a man that my soul should know its Savior. Forsaken for the sake of all mankind. Salvation is in His blood. Jesus Messiah The righteous died for love It wasn't over For He is the risen One…
Behold (idou) is the second person singular aorist middle imperative of eidon which means to see, perceive, look at. Idou is used as a demonstrative particle that draws attention to what follows. Idou in the middle voice means "you yourself look, see, perceive!" The aorist imperative is a command emphasizing "Do it now! Don't delay!"
Behold (idou) is used by the Biblical writers to (1) prompt or arouse the reader's attention (introducing something new or unusual), (2) to mark a strong emphasis, and (3) to call the reader to pay close attention so that one will listen, remember or consider.
Heavenly Father, thank You for letting me behold the Savior! I rejoice as Simeon did long ago. Jesus is alive, He has come and is coming again! Lord Jesus, thank You for being a light to reveal God to the nations so that more people can know and worship our Father. Thank You for bringing us out of darkness and into Your marvelous light. I want to shine Your light everywhere I go so that everyone around me will be drawn to You. I may not yet behold You with my physical eyes, but let the eyes of my heart be awakened to reflect You and to rejoice in You today. You are worthy of all of my praise and adoration! In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Look In—as you meditate on 2 Corinthians 3:18… pray to see how you might apply it to your life. Be propelled to ask galvanizing questions about your discoveries: "Because God is_________, I will_____________."
Look Out—as you meditate on 2 Corinthians 3:18…pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others. Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.
* If you liked this post, you’ll love this book – Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ