3 and a half weeks.
30, 240 minutes. If you want to break it down to seconds, you get a gold star.
That’s how much time we have until Christmas. That’s how much time we have until the presents are unwrapped, the chocolates are opened (and maybe even emptied), the nuts are cracked and the turkeys are nothing but piles of naked bones.
But we have that much time. Time to get ready. Not just for presents, turkeys, chocolates, visitors and nuts, but time to get ready for Emmanuel. For the greatest mystery in the world. That’s how Paul describes this Christmas thing in Colossians 1:27. He writes: “To them [God’s people] God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Christ in you. Made possible only because of Christmas, because of His coming.
This Sunday morning we continue our journey toward Bethlehem as we celebrate the second week of Advent. Traditionally, the first week represents hope. The hope that Jesus brings into the world, hope for a brighter future, hope for a tomorrow that is greater than all of our todays. Hope spawned by the mystery of God’s plan to wrap himself in the pigmented skin of humanity, be born in a rough stable, live a life of richness and perfection, and then die a death of pain and shame.
The second week usually represents peace. Peace inside ourselves, peace in our relationships, peace in those places where peace just never seems possible. Peace in knowing that God can, and does, use the insignificant, lowly and broken things of this world. Do we let the peace of God into our brokenness? Do we let the peace of the season wash over us, and erupt outwards in worship? Like Mary did in Luke 1:39-56. A lowly, insignificant Jewish girl, chosen to carry God’s Son. For no reason other than God chose. The reality of what God was doing came out of her in worship.
A mystery. That’s what we we’re exploring this advent season. This incredible mystery of Christmas. Will you join us?