Week 3.3

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God spoke to Elijah in a thin silence not in his demonstrations of power.

In the same way the coming of Jesus flips expectations. The anticipation of God's salvation  was a conqueror coming in majesty, power, and greatness. Instead, Salvation is realized in a humble child, Emmanuel, God with us. The Incarnation is an intimate expression of God identifying in humility with His own broken creation. Within the mystery of Jesus is found the hope for every soul.

"King of kings, yet born of Mary, as of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture -in the body and the blood.
He will give to all the faithful, His own self..."

God's gift of Himself to save those who cannot save themselves. It's the climax of all great stories. And it is the climax because it is so unexpected. Our human nature and understanding expect people of power to fight, control, and form solutions of their own volition. But we celebrate stories of those who are willing to sacrifice themselves as a demonstration of pure love and humility. The birth of Jesus, his Advent, is the beginning of climax of God's story.

As the Light of light descendeth from the realms of endless day,
That the pow'rs of hell may vanish as the darkness clears away

He is the answer to the human problem of sin. Our brokenness and inability to save ourselves is solved Jesus. 

 I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John 10:10

His coming is the reason we celebrate.

As with ceaseless voice they cry,
“Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, Lord most high!” 
Josh Schreck