A person of substance understands the whole story:
From the beginning of time…
I AM GOD.
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times what is still to come.
MY PURPOSE WILL STAND. Isaiah 46:9-10
To the unraveling of relationship…
For our offenses are many in your sight,
and our sins testify against us. Isaiah 59:12-13
To the pursuit…
And she gave birth to a firstborn, a son.
She wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger. Luke 2:7
To the sacrifice that brought restoration and redemption…
Darkness fell over the whole region. The darkness persisted until about three in the
afternoon, and at some point during this darkness, the curtain in the temple was torn in
two. Luke 23:44-45
And I heard a great voice, coming from the throne.
See, the home of God is with His people.
He will live among them.
They will be His people.
And God Himself will be with them. Revelation 21:3
To the longing…
Amen. Come Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20
Yes, here we are back at the longing, the forever Advent.
I imagine we’ll be here in this ache until we meet Him face to face. For Advent is not about just waiting for the baby in a manger. Advent is waiting again for the One who pursues when we rebel, for the One who heals when we sin against those we love, for the One who makes us brave when forgiveness is the only way.
As more hurts unfold year after year, He becomes all the more beautiful.
Are you longing for Him, too? Yes, “come, Lord Jesus.”
Thank you for being part of these Advent devotionals over the past 12 days. What acts, what traits, do you think are important for one who desires to push against culture and choose substance instead?
On the twelfth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me a perspective bigger than my own story.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
…*Joy to the world, the Lord is come!