Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

Follow the star to a place unexpected

Would you believe after all we’ve projected

A child in a manger
Lowly and small, the weakest of all

Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mothers shawl

Just a child

Is this who we’ve waited for?

 

Cause how many kings, stepped down from their thrones?

How many lords have abandoned their homes?

How many greats have become the least for me?

How many Gods have poured out their hearts

To romance a world that has torn all apart?

How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

 

Bringing our gifts for the newborn savior

All that we have whether costly or meek

Because we believe

Gold for his honor and frankincense for his pleasure

And myrrh for the cross he’ll suffer

Do you believe,

is this who we’ve waited for?

It’s who we’ve waited for

 

How many kings, stepped down from their thrones?

How many lords have abandoned their homes?

How many greats have become the least for me?

How many Gods have poured out their hearts

To romance a world that has torn all apart?

How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Only one did that for me

 

All for me

All for you

All for me

All for you

TID-bits

 

  • Do you try to do something bigger and better each Christmas?
  • This song is a reminder to seek something smaller and better!

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  • You can find the perfect gift for someone in this song:
  • “Gold for His honor, and frankinsense for His pleasure.
  • The perfect gift should bring honor and pleasure to the recipient.
  • Then it mentions myrrh for the cross He’ll suffer.
  • Myrrh is a resin from a thorny tree.   It’s not easy to harvest.
  • The perfect gift is something that should cost the giver something, whether time or money or a sacrifice of some kind.
  • The gift of life that Jesus gives falls under all those categories.
  • It’s honors us, it gives us the daily pleasure of a relationship, and it was the result of His sacrifice on the cross.

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  • Did something unexpected happen to you today?
  • Something unexpected happened when Jesus arrived on this earth, and because of that you can expect something good to come out of your unexpected thing today.

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  •  The period between the Old Testament and the New Testament was 400 years.
  •  400 years of silence from God.
  • So then when Almighty God came to earth and uttered His first sound, it wasn’t with a trumpet blast or a booming voice like you’d think it’d be.
  • No, it was with the cry of an infant.
  • Maybe you don’t need a mighty force of a king’s army to help you today.   Maybe just the cry of a prayer is all you need.

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  • In Psalm 51, the writer, David asks God to create in him a pure heart, and renew a steadfast spirit in him.
  • This song sings about God pouring out His heart through a baby, brand new to this world.
  • A baby who answers David’s prayer, a baby named Jesus, who can create and renew your heart today...

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  • This (That) song is written from the perspective of the three wise men who followed the stars, and the science of their day to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that a savior had come into the world.
  • And the three most important words that they utter are right in the middle of the song, and it’s   easy to pass right over them:
  • “Because we believe”
  • Today, you can become truly wise if you believe like they did.

    Scripture References

    Luke 2:11-14  

    Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”   Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,   “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

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    Phillippians 2:5-9  

    Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

    Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

    And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!

    Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,

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    Titus 3:5-7  

    He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,   whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,   so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

    Your Own Experiences

    Describe a time when your Dad sacrificed for you.   Was it a time when his power (either through making money or having influence) had to be put aside?

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    Describe a time when you got an unexpected blessing.   Tie it into the first line.

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    Have you ever had a boss who put you above themselves in an act of true servant leadership?   Talk about that.   Talk about how amazing that would be in this world where people always grab for more money and power.   Then take your pick of sharing one of these lines:

    Cause how many kings, stepped down from their thrones?
    How many lords have abandoned their homes?
    How many greats have become the least for me?

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