This Sunday marks the third Sunday of Advent… already. Like many people, I have mixed feelings about the season. Recently I heard a statistic that about two thirds of us dread the coming of Christmas. I love the Christmas carols, but bristle to the syrupy Santa tunes at the mall. I love to give gifts, while objecting to a world consumed with commercial craziness. I love to share hospitality in our home, yet want to guard against ever busier agendas.
It’s curious that the story of the Prince of Heaven coming to earth as an infant pauper has become so tinselly and maudlin. Phil. 2 says that Jesus “made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant… He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death”. Perhaps we forget where the story is going. No riches. No earthy throne. No fanfare or speeches about a life lived well. In fact, they killed Him.
It’s His resurrection that brings the celebration… and it’s here that I hear the music begin. Read the rest of the story in Phil 2:
Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place
and gave Him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
I wonder if this exalted King would have us celebrate His birth in a different way. In our efforts to become more like Him, perhaps our Advent preparations could use a little shift. Here’s a short video that we used in our church a few years ago – it’s still relevant today.
This Advent… Worship Fully… Spend Less… Give More… Love All.
Blessings as you prepare your heart!