Advent | “Look to Heaven. All we need is HOPE from Heaven.”
November 29, 2020

Advent | “Look to Heaven. All we need is HOPE from Heaven.”

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Passage: Colossians 3:1-4

Observing Advent, or any other calendar season or date, does not secure or keep us in God’s favor. Christ has finished that work, and, through his Spirit, we are joined to him, receiving the Father’s full acceptance by faith alone.
David Mathis

Advent is a season of waiting. Children know well how long the wait for Christmas can be, but modern adults are prone to find our lives moving all too fast. Yet Advent is an ancient invitation to slow down. To mark the days and make them count. To relearn a pace of life that is more unhurried and more human. To not let the 24 hours of Christmas Day catch us off guard and unprepared. And to wait for Christmas with patience and hope.
David Mathis

What God so stunningly reveals at that first Noël is that when he himself finally does come, it is not in cloud or wind or fire or earthquake, or even simply in a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:11-12). But he comes in the fullness of his creation: as human. He comes as one of us and dignifies our own species in doing so. He comes not as a bird of the air, beast of the field, or great sea creature. Christmas marks his “being born in the likeness of men”—the very God who made man, and has long endured our sin with great patience, is now scandalously “found in human form”. … What lies at the heart of Christmas, and whispers even to souls seeking to “suppress the truth” (Romans 1:18), is the most stunning and significant fact in the history of the world: that God himself became one of us.
David Mathis

 

For those of us who do gladly confess the Christ of Christmas—as our Lord, Savior, and greatest treasure— we know why Christmas is indeed enchanted; because at the very heart is the essence of the supernatural: God himself entering into our realm. At Christmas God “came down,” not just to observe human sin and inflict righteous judgment from the outside but to be human and work his mercy from within.
David Mathis

 

 

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