Advent: Making His Blessings Flow

How suitable for our understanding that the Bread of Life should be born in the House of Bread (Bethlehem).

How stunning that the Treasure of infinite value should be dressed in the earthen vessel of humanity and wrapped in swaddling clothes, laid in a feeding trough. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever,” this high and holy, meek and lowly One would one day tell the hungry crowds that followed Him.

How scandalous that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords should be given birth by a lowly peasant girl, traveling to fulfill the requirements of her earthly ruler, Caesar Augustus.

How shocking to our way of doing things is God’s way of bridging heaven and earth. Could you on your very best day have conceived such a story, one that reconciles God with man and man with God? One month alone cannot contain the wonder of the incarnation.

Immanuel, God with us

The promised seed that would crush the serpent’s head

The descendant of Abraham through whom all nations would be blessed

The Passover Lamb

A prophet like Moses

The Kinsman Redeemer

The Son of David, yet David’s Lord

The suffering servant

The rejected cornerstone

The One born of a virgin

The Wonderful Counselor

Mighty God

Everlasting Father

Prince of Peace

The light of the nations

The Son of Man

December marks the annual “coming” or Advent celebration of the church, a time when we contemplate the wonder of God the Son taking on human flesh. What captures our hearts translates into how we live our lives, so a heart arrested by the mystery of the incarnation is a good thing.

This month our family is praying to be stunned and shocked afresh by the knowledge of God’s great covenant of redemption worked out in time and space, to be enthralled by the prismatic light of God’s grace in Christ towards those He came to save, i.e., sinners like us.

Our world is staggering under the weight of its brokenness and despair, groping in the dark for anything to steady its downward spiral—anything but the One whom shepherds praised and wise men worshipped.

But Christ is patient. He still stretches out His nailed pierced hands and says, “Come to me.” And He’s still in the business of making His blessings flow as far as the curse is found.

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

Isaiah 60:1

 

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