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The Universe Was Watching

You never know what you might find when you walk into Anna Rose’s room. There was the puppy parade, the spider’s web she made from dental floss, the time she emptied an entire tissue box to make “ghosts,” and the nativity…

I walked to find Joseph, Mary, the shepherds, the wise men, the drummer boy and farm animals…and the penguin…the puppies…the hippo and elephant, the lion, giraffe and the dinosaur…

And in the center was Jesus.

The world had come to worship the King – the One by whom all things were created: things in heaven and on earth… (Col. 1:16)

Did you know that the incarnation had universal implications? Maybe no one has told you. Maybe you have only been told that on the cross your sins were forgiven.

They were of course.

But listen to these words from Scripture: “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” Col. 1:19-20 (my emphasis).

Jesus’ death and resurrection went far beyond our personal salvation – a Kingdom was being restored.

Anna Rose’s nativity scene with the dinosaur and the little lamb reminds me of that reality.

It reminds me of the climactic scene in Revelation 5 when an angel searches heaven and earth for one who might be worthy to break open the seal on the scroll of God’s judgment. And “no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it” (v. 3)

Until the Lamb.

All eyes were watching on that day the Lamb of God was brought into the world…just the way Anna Rose depicted in her scene.

What does it mean for you and I to watch, to join in with Creation to worship this Risen King?

Perhaps we can take some guidance from the angels and join in singing, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men…” Luke 2:14.

Ned Erickson

Ned is the Founder and Executive Director of the Winston-Salem Fellows, a non-profit dedicated to equipping people to live seamless lives as they grow into the men and women they were created to be. He is the author of four books, including the critically acclaimed novel Clay. He, his wife, two children, dogs, rabbit, guinea pig, turtle, and chickens live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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