November 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
We enter a week that marks the beginning of a new church year. The season of Advent is a season of celebrating the unexpected. The annual celebration of Jesus’ birth – especially given the commercialization of Christmas – may not count as an unexpected thing to us anymore, but it certainly was during the time of Jesus’ birth. Not because the prophets did not predict the coming of the Messiah, but because he came in such an unexpected way. During Jesus’ entire life and ministry on earth did people find it difficult to identify and associate Jesus with the Messiah. He was the ultimate example of what the prophet Isaiah calls the ability of God to do “awesome things that we did not expect” (64:3). Isaiah 64:1-9 proclaims that we are the clay in God’s hands, and that God is the potter who finds it possible to save us despite the fact that we deserve destruction because of our sins. God always come to make possible what is humanly impossible. That is why we still celebrate Jesus first coming as a people who expect the unexpected, namely God’s continuous intervention until Jesus comes a second time. Will this Advent season teach you how to patiently wait on the Lord with anticipation that He always shows up in our future with the ability to do the unexpected in our midst?