The current Church season of Advent is a time of preparation to commemorate the coming of the Saviour Jesus Christ whose birth will be celebrated at Christmas. It is also a time to reflect on why we need a Saviour, and to prepare ourselves for His second coming and the moment when we will see Him face to face. It is a period within which to focus on reality – our reality, the reality of the world around us, the reality of sin and the reality of the humbling love and power of God.
Nothing takes God by surprise. He knows the end of things and everything in between.
“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” (Isaiah 46:10)
No sooner had the Fall taken place than, in His judgement, God revealed something of what was to come. There would be conflict between the offspring of Satan and the offspring of the woman. Although Satan would ‘strike his heel’ there would be someone who would ‘crush your head’ – a decisive and mortal blow. There could only be one person who was capable of taking on and defeating Satan and this would be the Saviour who would be revealed in the future. He would be real, He would come amongst us, and He would be born of a woman. And as the true and eternal Light of the world He would forever expel and extinguish the darkness of sin and evil.
It is to the eternal glory of our great and wonderful God that His will and promises are always fulfilled.
“so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
The world has trivialised God, is turning this great celebration into a commercial carnival and is slowly removing the name of the Lord from it. The enmity continues. On the other hand we to whom the Lord has given the grace of faith need to pause, to look at the true reality of what has taken place and to acknowledge with deep humility and gratitude that it has been done for us.
Thank God that you do not walk this life alone, but have a mighty God to guide, lead and watch over you.
Heavenly Father, I thank and praise You for Your great love, Your mighty power and Your wonderful promises that have and will be fulfilled in Jesus, the one true Light of the world. Amen.