John 1:16 ¶ And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
Steven preached about the fullness of God in Acts 7:48. “Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says,
Acts 7:49 ¶ ‘Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord,
or what is the place of my rest?’”
He said that the heavens could not contain God’s fullness. Two thousand years ago Steven had no way of knowing just how big the heavens really are. With our discoveries of the universe over the last two millennia Steven’s words take on an even greater meaning. This creation is apparently endless and it still cannot contain the glory of the Lord. At Christmas we celebrate the unthinkable. This fullness revealed Himself in a baby boy born in an animal’s stable in Bethlehem. The Creator of solar systems, black holes, and galaxies became part of His own creation. ‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.’ This is the story and mystery of Christmas. Fullness entered into our world and changed everything.
Years ago I began to write a poem for our church every Christmas, here is my poem called Fullness for Christmas 2014.
Fullness inhabits the heavenly arena
Spilling out into creation
Pulsating through the fabric of time
Born to a lowly maiden.
Fullness moves into the world of men
The Creator inhabits creation
Dancing and singing from the Ancient of Days
Revealed in a donkey’s stable.
Fullness the hope for the misery of man
Deity born in a manger
Shepherds and kings awakened from sleep
Alive in the light of this Stranger.
Fullness engulfs the heart of the soul
Emptiness filled to saturation
Princes and paupers together as one
Rejoicing with all God’s creation.
Maybe this Christmas season finds you with an empty heart. Is it possible that unrealized expectations, shattered dreams, and disappointing events have left you broken and empty? That’s the way all of have been at different times in our lives. As a matter of fact, that is the way the whole world was when Christ came the first time. It was at a time of great darkness when the light of Christ penetrated the world. Man’s hearts were empty longing for fullness to come. The angels’ announcement that first Christmas Day penetrated the darkness with the light of God’s love. Paul called it the fullness of time. Could it be that today we live in one of those fullness moments? Maybe, just maybe the dark season that we live in today is about to give way to another explosion of light. Maybe your emptiness will be overcome with the fullness of God.