I try to actively meditate on Christmas songs as I sing them. Here are three:
Inspiration from the Breath
“Breathe of Heaven” (by Amy Grant) is a song sung during Christmas time about Miriam* who went with Joseph, her husband, to Bethlehem some 2000 years ago, to bear Jesus Christ.
The Breathe of Heaven is the Holy Spirit**.
The refrain goes:
“Breathe of Heaven
Hold me together”
Miriam knew she would have to bear much hardship, beginning with her carrying a baby before she was married! In the Jewish world this would have been scandalous, unlike today when morals are so low that one kills the baby in the womb. But Miriam was submissive to the will of God. An angel even appeared to her.
“Hold me together.” Do you ever feel like Miriam? That if YHWH weren’t in the picture, you would fall apart? It is the Holy Spirit that keeps us all in one piece!
Perhaps Miriam prayed:
You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah Psalm 32:7
You are my hiding place: She certainly needed to hide for awhile. She stayed with her relative Elizabeth in the hill country of Judah.
You shall preserve me from trouble: She needed to be kept from troublemakers who would accuse her of improprieties.
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance: Miriam herself burst into a song of deliverance with the Magnificat, proclaiming her soon-to-be Son as her Savior!
So the Holy Spirit holds us together. It is true for us … and also the universe!
Jesus Christ holds the universe together. The “missing element” for which scientists search, is actually revealed in Scripture!
Jesus Christ “existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together.” Colossians 1:17 NLT
“And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” Colossians 1:17 NKJV
Jesus Christ is the Almighty God. He is the Spirit of God. He is the Spirit of Christ.
“But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” Romans 8:9
This shows that the Spirit of God is the same thing as the Spirit of Christ! (So, also, He is the Spirit of Jesus Christ. See Philippians 1:19)
“Begotten, Not Created”
In another Christmas song “O Come Let Us Adore Him”, Jesus Christ is portrayed as “begotten, not created”. That is the truth!
“In the beginning was the Word [Jesus Christ], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” John 1:1-3
The Christ Child was born through Miriam but He was not created! He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End!
“A Son is Given”
This is a verse known through Handel’s “Messiah”:
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, is the Son, and the Mighty God, and the Everlasting Father according to Scripture! Counselor is another name for the Holy Spirit. As we saw earlier, the Holy Spirit is one with the Spirit of Christ! Jesus Christ said while He lived on the earth:
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.” John 14:26 WEB
So this passage of Scripture reveals the full Godhead!
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” Colossians 2:9
We, Christians, know them as “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” and these three are ONE. ABBA Father remains in heaven (but in the future HEAVEN will be here on earth!); the Son has come as Emmanuel and WILL come again to earth; the Holy Spirit lives in believers now! (But often we are listening to our flesh and mind more than the Spirit of God within us!) On this Triune God, please see “The LIFE & the LIGHT” and “Elohim’s Temple” . Please take time to stop and meditate on these Scriptures!
Jesus Christ is the Mighty God!
*Looking in the Greek text, we can see that her name is more accurately translated Mariam, Miryam or Miriam. I do this to distinguish her – the real, historical Miriam from the false “Mary/Maria” who has set herself up as an idol over the earth.
**Pneúma means “spirit (Spirit), wind, or breath”. In the New Testament, the most frequent translation of pneúma (4151) is “spirit” or “Spirit”.