Loving God, we know too well that sin and evil are alive and well in our world. Every day we see the results of this in our world. People use their free will to hurt others and cause injustices that make your heart grieve. But that’s it – You grieve with us. But you also love. You are the God of healing and peace. The fact that we are in Advent shows us that You triumph over all of the horrible things of this world. We see the sunrise and the sunset and we know – each day is a day filled with new mercies and grace. Help us to remember those who are victims of injustice this night. Grant us rest and heal us all. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Daily Archives: December 12, 2021
Galatians 4:4-5 (ESV)
4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
Revelation 1:4 (ESV)
4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,
This passage may not seem like much at a glance, but if you really take the time to look at it, This small verse should be cause for great excitement, especially as we are in Advent season looking directly at Christmas. This seemingly small verse speaks profoundly about the God in whom we place our faith.
As we approach the season of Advent, we know this is a season of preparation. But to what do we prepare? If our perspective is where it needs to be, we prepare for a radical entry, there are no other words to express what God has already done. Radical entry captures the essence of the Incarnation. To think that God who holds the vast expanses of all creation in the palm of his hand, humbled himself in human flesh and went through birth, went through death, out of his love for humanity, is radical. The only explanation for this can be love.
So who is this God? Who is this Jesus?
Who was: Before time began, God was, in the Triune sense. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the same God who created, who conquered chaos, and laid the foundations of the world. This eternal God is the one who breathed his very life into us. Why can we trust this God? Because He has always been and His nature remains the same. He is unchanging in His holiness and His nature is love. Through the revelation of Christ and the Word, we see a consistency about our God. He loves us.
Who Is: And through the Incarnation, Jesus came to earth for our redemption. Our sinful nature had separated us from God, but God provided a way for us to come home. And through the Holy Spirit, God is still present with us – redeeming us and transforming us through His amazing love. God’s presence in the world shows just what He is willing to do on our behalf. He brings us from death into life.
Who Is To Come: And we know that one day, our King will return and take us home. How amazing is this! Because of His faithful obedience, Jesus has been given the keys of death itself. He will claim us, he does claim us and he will also judge. God promises that one day he will finally end the effects of the Fall. Praise God!
Now, as we approach Christmas Day, may we not just celebrate a baby in a manger, may we anticipate the return of our King.