Advent Reading – December 7, 2017

Elizabeth Mainprize – Council Member

John 1:10

Israel had been waiting. Suffering, struggling, praying. A long time.

They knew the promises. They were a Chosen Nation. They had Credentials: the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was their covenant-making and covenant- keeping Most High God! He had taken them out of the grasp of Pharaoh. He had won mighty victories for them against impossible odds. He was sending a Messiah King to redeem Israel, right every wrong and restore their rightful position and relationship as Chosen Ones.

He is coming – they believed it. But it had been – a long time. It was hard to hope.

When the Messiah King Baby was born, most of them didn’t know it. Didn’t know that the Most High God, the Creator God, the King of Glory, the Lord Strong and Mighty, the Lord Almighty, the Holy One who Was and Is and Is to come, had chosen to wrap His Word with human flesh and live among them! “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.” John 1:10

We are told that the ones who came to meet the Baby were overwhelmed with awe, joy, and peace. But most people never met him. After all, a baby wasn’t really what they were waiting for. Their world was still pretty hard… it was still hard to hope.

Then there’s we modern Christians. We have been waiting too. Suffering, struggling, praying. A long time. We know the Scriptures. We are a Chosen People. We have Credentials: the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is also our covenant-making and covenant- keeping Most High God! He has taken us out of the grasp of Satan. We continue to hear about mighty victories won against impossible odds. He has sent a Messiah King to redeem us, and to everyone who has believed He has given the right to become Children of God. (John 1:12).

And yet somehow, the world continues to feel pretty hard. Lots of things don’t seem to have changed much and it can be hard to feel hopeful about the future.

Maybe we need to spend more time meeting this Messiah King Baby.  Recognizing that He was and is God’s Word, made flesh, who made His dwelling with us, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed! Romans 15:8-9

Really taking in what that means – the Power that entered our world with Him – all those incredible credentials – can hardly be grasped but can be fully trusted. The future is secure. And believing this…”be filled with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13