Where Spirit and Dust Collide: An Advent Devotional – Day Nine

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel. — Isaiah 7:14

In fulfillment of prophecy, the Messiah descends to bridge this union of dust and Divine. Jesus turns toward, arises with compassion, stands near and with. He comes among His people to thwart the lies of Satan with the realness of a Savior’s existence. Here — in our midst.

But He doesn’t enter with the fanfare and pomp reminiscent of earthly kings. He does not descend as a conquering warrior in ways that are familiar to men. When you look at it from the stance of human logic, there’s really nothing to make one think a babe born one night in a nondescript Israeli stable was anything other than the infant son of a humble carpenter.

If a room is dark enough, even those with perfect vision will struggle to see.

Although all of Israel was looking and waiting for a Messiah, the darkness of living in Satan’s domain had blinded them to God’s ways. Most could not fathom the simpleness of Jesus’ entrance into mankind’s dwelling. Yet still He came. Knowing He would be misunderstood and overlooked, rejected and denied by the very ones He came to rescue. But come, He did . . . with eternal plans in hand.

Plans to reclaim His own and to reestablish His kingdom in the likes of you and me. Mixing Divine with dust of the earth. Molding, shaping, creating. Making and remaking. Bringing forth beauty from this combination of dirt and Spirit breath.

Jesus Christ brought life into death’s confines, shattering the shadows of darkness with the light of His presence come — again and again.

And still.

Here in our lives today.

This is the gift of Christmas past, present, and future.

This is the gift of Immanuel — God with us.

God has set eternity in our hearts, but sometimes we forget. We forget, but we still know. This Christmas, let’s make remembering the truth of Jesus come to earth the focus of our holiday celebration. After all, remembering God’s word isn’t merely calling to mind some fantastical stories; remembering is recalling reality. Take time to read the account of Jesus’ birth as told in Luke 1- 2:20, then thank God for the reality of a Savior come to you.


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