The Weekly Epistle 12/13/23

Through the season of Advent, we rehearse the mysterious Gospel of Jesus Christ. We relive the manifestation of the Maker of all there is or, was, or ever will be in the delicate flesh and bone of a child—infinity swaddled in infancy and laid in a manger. In the retelling, we look forward to his next coming, a time when his rule and reign will be complete, a time when all sad things will be made untrue. 

The Love of Advent

This past Sunday, we lit the Candle of Love as a reminder that the Maker loves deeply that which he made. He loves so deeply that he sent his one and only child into his creation to redeem his creation. The greatest of all virtues, love (1 Corinthians 13:13), is the crucial thread that binds the Christmas Story together: Joseph’s love for his bride, Mary’s love for her child, and the Maker’s love for his world. 

All of redemptive history is bound up in love. 

God’s love expressed through the Advent of Christ is extraordinary validation that we possess intrinsic value. Think about it. Can you redeem something that has no value? Of course not. 

“God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”
Genesis 1:31

God created us good, and because of his deep love for us, he was committed to redeeming every last drop of the goodness we were endowed with. The Advent of Christ is the advent of love and the advent of our redemption. 

Merry Christmas 

Pastor Dan