“The expectation of a Messiah, stretched throughout millenia, has found its fulfillment with the birth of Jesus 2000 years ago. As for us, we want to “re-live” – in a way – that expectation, to delight in the gift of God, to marvel again at that extraordinary mystery...”
In our western culture, these words from Débora (my colleague on the Francophone side of this website, who writes daily devotionals for the season) sound almost like a radical call. They clash with what we are used to. They draw us against the flow.
Hasn’t Santa Claus already barged into your local shopping centre for a few weeks now? Won’t you be bombarded during the next month with advertisements inciting you to spend “for that perfect gift that will make your loved one happy”? And by the way, won’t you need your bank to raise your credit limit?...
Where is Jesus in all that?
In the midst of the commercial and mercantile chaos surrounding Christmas, I invite you to prepare yourself to commemorate the first coming of our Lord and Saviour. But you must be intentional to keep your mind fixed on the right thoughts.
Hence I offer you my texts He was coming into the world – Advent 2019: five meditations written on the basis of excerpts from John’s Gospel prologue, for the four Sundays of Advent and Christmas Day:
- Sunday 1 – They didn’t recognize him;
- Sunday 2 – His own people rejected him;
- Sunday 3 – But some believed him;
- Sunday 4 – He made his home among us;
- Christmas Day – From his abundance we have all received.
I do hope that these texts will stimulate your faith and stir up your hope, as you wait for the second coming of the Lord Jesus-Christ.
Sincerely in Jesus,
Eleazar, the Bellicose Monk