Sorry for the tardiness. I caught a nasty cold from my son Ash.
Maybe you’ve read these past posts and are going through a very difficult time. Although the coming of Jesus is good news, perhaps sometimes you have a hard time understanding how it is good news for you today, right now, where you are. I’ve had days like that before. To be honest, that’s often why I write this blog, because the everyday life can be mundane, but it can be joyful and hopeful, because God is good. For all of us–hope is here, and it is close.
One of the best parts of the Christmas story is the incarnation. Jesus became man. Let that sink in. Jesus is a member of the Trinity. In John’s gospel it says that Jesus is God and was with God when the world was created. Instead, He set aside those things and became man, so that we could know God. That’s a good God. Not only that, but He took responsibility for our sins, and bore God’s wrath, so that we could have a relationship with God. Many people blame God for many circumstances. Perhaps you too have demanded that he pay up, maybe that he should show up. I have good news. He HAS! In a huge way. He payed for everything, even though He didn’t have to, because sin is our fault. He showed up by becoming human and in doing so he allowed us to know God.
Normally, when I don’t “feel” as if God’s word or Jesus’ coming is good news, it is because I forgotten about it. The busyness of life creeps in and I squeeze God out. I think that is why in the Old Testament God encourages his people to talk about His goodness and faithfulness all the time.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” –Deut. 6:4-12
God instructed his people to remind each other of His faithfulness. Remember we do not hope in hope itself. The power of hope lies in it’s object, and in this case we have a very strong, loving, able God who works in the world to accomplish His will. Not only that, but because Jesus became man, He can empathize with our struggle and it is through Him that we are able to receive grace and mercy in difficult times. That is good news for the everyday.
“We have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4: 14-16