Is Advent just the ‘pre-Christmas period’, far too busy and noisy? Or is it a real opportunity to reflect on the stupendous miracle of the incarnation and the glorious fact that “when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” (Galatians 4v4,5)?
Perhaps the following thoughts may help us in our Advent meditations:
- God’s wonderful light has come confirming that the world’s true hope comes from outside of itself;
- Jesus is the light because we are too spiritually blind to find our way to God;
- Jesus became mortal and died because we are too morally ruined to be pardoned any other way;
- Jesus gave Himself to us – we must give ourselves wholly to Him; and
- The Son of God was not born into an aristocratic family but into a poor one. He identified with the lowest and the excluded.
Tim Keller comments that “Christmas, like God Himself, is both more wondrous and more threatening than we imagine”. (I believe his reference to “threatening” includes the challenge to our pride, self-importance, sin etc.) Like David in Psalm 145v5 may we “meditate on [God’s] wonderful works.”
Peace and Grace