Advent – Week Four

We find ourselves at the cusp of Christmas day. The anticipation of the season will culminate and we will enjoy time with family, gift-giving and the celebration of Christ’s birth.

The awareness of the enormity of this moment in history has become more and more significant to me over the past few years. I was blessed to attend Chris Tomlin (Praise and Worship artist) and Louie Giglio’s (Pastor, speaker) Christmas tour when Tomlin’s Christmas album was released. I knew what to expect out of a time with these two amazing men of God, but to incorporate the depth of the Christmas story into a worship event was beyond description for me. In the midst of what some would call a “worship concert”, Louie came out to speak. My view of the Christmas event was completely blown wide open and the reality of John 1 became tangible…

Everything was created through him;      
nothing—not one thing!—      
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,      
and the Life was Light to live by.   
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;      
the darkness couldn’t put it out.
John 1:3-5 msg

“It’s the greatest story ever told. Completely unforeseen, yet long awaited was the voice of God breaking through the darkness and four hundred years of silence with the cry of a baby. And not just any baby, the gift of God. God’s people, having waited generations for their Creator to reveal Himself, never would have imagined that rescue and redemption would come in the simple, vulnerable form of a child, a baby born under the radar and into the chaos…” *

The anticipation of God had gone on so long before Christ came into this world, so many had given up hope of a Messiah ever coming!  The darkness seemed to overwhelm the world to the point of no return….

but God shattered the darkness when Jesus Christ, the Messiah was born!

Arche – the beginning! The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. (John 1:14 msg)

“As we celebrate Christmas and the Word’s incarnation John reminds us that Christ has been around all along. It’s not as if He was uninvolved and then hears about us, only to arrive late. He’s been in on the story since moment-one, working His purposes even in a world that has made itself hostile to His voice. The Word speaks through the clanging noise of the fall of humanity and makes itself understood again.” **

Christmas Challenge:

Please, take a some time to ponder this astounding moment in the history of humanity –

Darkness. Isolation. Confusion.
SHATTERED!
Light. Love. Messiah. Christ-Child.
Redemption. Joy. Peace. Belonging.

After Louie Giglio spoke at the concert, we sang accapella, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.  It was the most intimate, beautiful moment I have ever experienced in that type of atmosphere, amongst hundreds of people.

Christ is come…for you. You have the opportunity to invite Him in to you life – the dark parts and the lighter parts. As you read through this song, pray for God to invade your every day and bring His joy, peace and love.

Come thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a Child and yet a King.
Born to reign in us for ever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all-sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

May you have a blessed Christmas!

Written by: Kim Touchton

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* http://268store.com/store/product/734/The-Twelve-Words-Of-Christmas/

** Portion found in The Miraculous Journey by Marty A. Bullis, pg. 103

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