‘Nuff Said: An Advent Devotional – Day Twenty-three

Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, He has spoken to us through His Son.
— Hebrews 1:1-2a

The incarnation of Jesus is the perfect completion to God’s sentence. No further words need be spoken once the Word comes on the scene.

If you find yourself longing to “hear from God,” perhaps the best place to listen is through the gospel pages recording Jesus’ life. True to Hebrews 1:3: The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God. When we read how Jesus initiated and sustained relationship with mankind, we clearly see God’s will for us.

How Jesus lived portrays the heart of the Father and summarizes God’s desire for all of humanity, from start to finish. God put on flesh so we could be clothed with the Divine. His Word became embodied in human form to show us the way to righteousness. No longer slaves to keeping every jot and tittle of the Law in our pursuit of all things holy, now wholly released into a new and living way. One that begins and ends and continues for eternity by embracing a living, breathing Savior.

Every word written in the New Testament centers around Jesus Christ — the beginning and the end of God’s redemption for the whole of creation.

If you are looking for love, purpose, direction, encouragement . . . all of these are displayed perfectly through Immanuel. God with us to show us the way to Him. In this divine blend of power and love, we experience the unification of grace and justice as only God can offer it. Through Jesus’ outstretched hands, we are issued the invitation to live with ever-present hope. Free for the taking to all who will turn from their wayward lives to believe and receive it.

To live and to move in the power and love of Jesus Christ is no small thing, but it is something God asks of us. In Jesus’ first words recorded in Mark, He announces: The time promised by God has come at last! The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!

Jesus steps into the world and makes His mission clear. His call is one of repentance and belief. The whole of the Gospel comes together here. Maybe it’s not as difficult as we imagine it to be. Maybe there’s not a long list of requirements to step into the way of grace and fulfill your purpose in life, after all. Maybe what is really needed is to stop overthinking and to return to the simplicity of Jesus.

Maybe the time promised by God has come for you at last and your real purpose is to simply take note of His entrance.

Will you turn your heart to heaven and hear the angels announce His coming?

The Kingdom of God is near, indeed, my friend.

For you see, the kingdom of God is in your midst.

God has already spoken. He has given Jesus to a dying world so death could be overcome once and for all.

So you and I could live in the abundance of a life breathed and sustained by Him.

What else is there to say?

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FOR REFLECTION
As Christmas dawns upon us and draws another year to a close, do you find yourself dissatisfied by the last 365 pages turned in your life? Are you tempted to overthink your purpose, longing for something grand and amazing rather than to see each moment as opportunity for the miraculous to occur? Maybe it’s time to center your thoughts once more upon Jesus, to take a deeper look at the gospels portraying His coming and His living among mankind. What is God asking you to do? Perhaps He is simply asking you to join with His first disciples and “repent and believe,” then step by step continue to follow Him. Will you accept His invitation?

 

 

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