by Johnese Burtram
The Christmas songs, dramas, poems, and devotionals bombard our attention with the blessings of Advent. God’s promise to bless all nations through the seed of Abraham dawned in the fullness of time…she gave birth to her first-born son, wrapped him in clothes, and placed him in a manger…a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. The story, poignant and sweet, also unfolds in harsh and terrible horror when we look beneath the tinseled surface.
God’s full intentions regarding earth and its inhabitants lay virtually hidden in Bethlehem shepherds cave. Only a few heard the angel’s announcement and fewer still perceived the message of the star. So, in obscurity, the Son of God entered history.
Well acquainted with the meaning of the incarnation, heard year after year, we can easily brush past the familiar and miss the cosmic impact of heaven’s assault of on earth. A baby changes everything.
This is not another babe. He is Son of God/Son of Man. He is beginning and end. He is hope, life, light. He is King of Kings, Lord of Lords, He commands our fear; rules against our shame; forgives sin and destroys guilt and death. He has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrews 9:26
The story of Jesus, Immanuel, God with us invites—more accurately demands—us to consider the full, deep meaning of His coming and what it means to us when we accept Him into our lives—what it means to us and to the plan of God, fully revealed in Jesus.
Allow the blessings of His Advent bring cosmic impact to your life.