The Advent season begins with these classic words, “Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free.”
However, if you are completely honest, what would your answer be to the question, “What are you expecting from Jesus?” Do you really expect Jesus to change your life . . . leading you to places and people you would normally avoid?
Are you longing for the Christ Child to come into your life and circumstances once again . . . or is the Christmas story a very strange event that took place a long time ago and has no meaning today?
I am “old school” enough to believe the Christmas story is a real story that demonstrates and bears witness to the fact that God fully entered into human history and has not gone out of business yet.
Another classic hymn, O Little Town of Bethlehem, testifies to this spectacular but mystifying power when it states, “How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given; so God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven. No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.”
Christ is coming to us. Christ wants to soften our hearts which have become hard. During this Season of Advent, Christ calls to us that he is coming and that he will rescue us from fear, guilt, and loneliness. Make no mistake about it, redemption is drawing near.
As Dietrich Bonhoeffer shares in his book, A Testament to Freedom, “Will we let ourselves be pulled into this movement coming down from heaven to earth or will we refuse to have anything to do with it? Either with us or without us, Christmas will come. It is up to each individual to decide what it will be.”
May God bless each of you! With Christmas Joy! Scott