So much happens during the Christmas season that it’s easy for us to just go through the motions, check off our lists, and miss it.
We can miss the real thing that’s happening here.
I miss it. I honestly haven’t thought a lot about it during this Advent season until last night.
Advent is the anticipation, the suspenseful period leading up to the most incredible, unbelievable, and incalculable miracle ever to happen.
I don’t want to miss this. We can’t miss this.
God – who spoke the world into motion, who was before time began, who will be when nothing else is anymore, who answered the question of “who are you?” by saying, I AM WHO I AM – came to us as a baby. He was born. He didn’t just appear out of the sky. He grew in a womb for nine months and was born, crying and screaming.
He lived a life like all of us, enjoying family dinners, playing with friends, and going through all of the growing pains each of us endured.
God did that. He did it perfectly, without sin, because He knew we couldn’t do it.
He gave us commandments and laws and prophets to try to guide us and keep us clean, but we couldn’t do it.
The only way was for Him to give Himself.
Life is hard and unfair and frustrating and full of sorrow.
Jesus came in the midst of all of this, and He comes still today.
He’s here now, in the loss of loved ones, in the joy of a new baby. He feels the sickness and the torture and the ugliness of life that is all around us.
Over 2,000 years ago, on that first Christmas, God revealed that He is with us.
Never again can we say that God is far away and distant. We can’t say He doesn’t feel what we feel. God knows what it’s like to lose a child. Jesus lived on this earth, suffered, was tortured, and hung on a cross to show us that He is with us, and that He alone can deliver us. He alone can set us free from that which we can’t free ourselves.
The paradox and hard-to-believe truth of the Kingdom of God is that through His humble suffering we are set free, and through the death of God’s Son we are given life.
These next two days of Advent, of anticipating God’s incalculable miracle, let’s recognize who He is, and who we are in His eyes. If He came to earth to show us that He’s with us and to make a way for us to be with Him, how much do we mean to Him?
We can’t overlook Him. What a tragedy it would be to miss Him.
He is with us. This changes everything.