ADEVENT: Celebration & Redemption - Jesus
By guest author: Will Johnston on 25 Dec, 2015
Shadows of a coming savior flickered through the Jewish scriptures for more than a millennia.
In Genesis 3, God proclaims that the offspring of woman will bruise Satan’s head. In 2 Samuel 7, he promises David his descendants will reign forever, and the prophet Isaiah waxes poetic about the coming of the Christ.
This anticipation reached a fever pitch on the eve of Jesus’ birth. The Jews were eagerly expecting a savior to come at any moment to free them from Roman oppression.
The stage was set for the coming of Jesus, the Son of God, the Savior of the world, but he came unexpectedly, not as a military hero who would overthrow imperial rule and re-establish Jewish independence. Rather he came as the suffering servant, the baby born amongst the barn animals to a teenage girl.
Yet he comes as the redeemer, the restorer, the one who heals the hurting, frees the captives, and establishes a spiritual kingdom where the law is love.
While his mission was not what was expected, his impact far exceeded what had been anticipated. And so we respond to the realization of a dream deferred with celebration.
We celebrate because this is the beginning of our redemption, the renewal of our relationship with God, because the one destined since time immemorial has arrived and because his arrival signals our salvation.
This week—this Christmas—revel in Emmanuel, God’s presence among us. Repeat the sounding joy that unto us is born a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Echo the angels in proclaiming, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.”