It’s an interesting thought as the world around us is preparing for Christmas, and thinks of God only as a God of grace. Yet, Advent reminds us that not only do we prepare our hearts as Christmas is coming, but also we prepare our hearts that Jesus will one day return, and on that day – he will judge. Our reading today reminds us of this reality, and the fact that as Un Christmas like as this idea may be to us, it comes front the early church, and we must sit up and take notice that God is the God of Grace, and Justice. Rather than a terrifying idea, it brings comfort to those who have placed their trust in the finished work of Christ on their behalf. Bonhoeffer writes;
“We have become so accustomed to the idea of divine love and of God’s coming at Christmas that we no longer feel the shiver of fear that God’s coming should arouse in us. We are indifferent to the message, taking only the pleasant any agreeable out of it and forgetting the serious aspect, that the God of the world draws near to the people of our little earth and lays claim to us.”
What say you?
Text of the Day: Luke 2:8 – 14
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Forunto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”