“And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.”
We know about the circumstances around God’s coming and how unassuming and surprising they were. Jesus is born to a teenage woman, in a small town, with no fanfare or knightly crowning. There’s no flash or bang to his entrance.
But the surprise of God’s arrival is only the beginning steps of his even more surprising mission. The Israelites were waiting for a King to set them free from the tyranny and rule of Rome. And Jesus’s mission was not first and foremost about the rescue from the evil, external circumstances, but the rescue from evil, internal brokenness.
In 2020, we are not unlike the early Jewish disciples. Most of us desire to be rescued from the world, from our current cultural moment, from a global pandemic, from violence in the streets, from the brokenness of the world. These are normal and natural things that we long to see gone – for violence to cease, for sickness to end, for peace to rule.
These longings us to look outside and wonder, “when will the chaos out there end?” Thankfully, the Psalms, the Prophets and even Jesus himself gives a space to process, lament and ache for God to make all things right in our world, as He said He would. But lest we miss it, this is also a season for us to look inwardly and ask ourselves the same question, “when will the chaos in here end?”
While we feel the frustrations and the aches of sin around us, we also feel the frustrations and aches of sin within us. Advent is good news for those who do not know what to do with all the turmoil happening on the inside. And so we wait – with the rest of creation – with anticipation, longing and hope for the second Advent of the King. And though sorrowful, we rejoice. And though pressed, we look forward. And though struggling, we endure. And feeling like it’s time to quit, we rest in the One who didn’t quit, but saw it through, for our sake. He is rescuing us not only from the darkness around us, but the darkness within us; and one day all darkness will be banished. And the Son will be our sun, and the Lamb will be our light. And not only will all the sin outside us be put to death, but all sin within us too.
Further Reading: <a href="http://<!– wp:paragraph –> <p>Further Reading: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans+8%3A18-30&version=NIV</p> Romans 8:18-30
Reflection: Reflecting back on the year, how have your sins and struggles been exposed? What do you need to bring before the Lord that you have wrestled with through much of 2020?