The Weekly Epistle 12/27/23

Through this season of Advent, we rehearsed the mysterious Gospel of Jesus Christ. We relived 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. 

His Advent Is Fulfilled

 Luke tells us that an angel of Heaven first proclaimed the good news of the Gospel to a few lowly shepherds who were “out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” (Luke 2:8) Luke tells us the angel “appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:9-11) 

While the sight of the angel must have been a wonder for the shepherds to behold, the angel himself must have wondered at the presence of the shepherds. Indeed, according to Peter, the “angels long” to understand the nature of our salvation. (1 Peter 1:12) 

Think about it…

Eternity was enshrouded by time. 

The Alpha and Omega—the Beginning and the End—wrote himself into the timeline of human history. 

All to save a bunch of lowly shepherds? 

Overwhelmed with the thought, “a multitude of the heavenly host appeared praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest.” (Luke 2:13-14) 

The shepherds quaked. The Angel sang. It was a mystery beyond their comprehension. 

Yet Paul explained, “This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open…. The mystery, in a nutshell, is just this: Christ is in you, therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple.” (Colossians 1
:26-27 as paraphrased by Eugene Peterson) 

As this season of Advent comes to a close, I want to encourage you… 

        Ponder the mystery. 
         Experience the glory. 

         Pastor Dan