564The Wondrous Christmas Surprises
- Dec 2, 2006" There is none like you among the gods,O Lord, nor are there any
works like yours...For you are great and do wondrous things,you
alone are God." Psalm 86:8,10 ESV
God is full of surprises and twists-just like our lives.Remember
Sarah's response to God's word of a child to come? Or what about the
apostle Thomas? He belived only after encountering the risen
Christ.God demonstrates an uncanny abililty to turn our expectations
This ability is strongly evident in the story of the Messiah's
birth. A young, unmarried Jewish peasant to give birth to Immanuel?
Her finance more concerned about not disgracing her than about his
own shame in light of her apparent infidelity? Shepherds, social
outcasts for their inability to maintain ritual purity, visited by
the very presence of the holy God? Foreign visitors known for their
specialized apitiudes, bearing gifts befitting a king? The openings
of Matthew and Luke are replete with the unexpected, the
unanticipated, and the bewildering -God was again acting in a new
Often in life,however,we become accustomed to the mundane,to how
things have always been.We lose sight of the newness of life that
the season of Advent represents.The God whom we
confess,nevertheless,is not content with our everyday experience of
life.He came for the very purpose of bringing about something
new,something exciting,something upexpected for us; a life of
fullness and love.This selfsame God has promised to come again.He
desires to transform us if we will only watch for and anticipate the
ways in which we can enact more faithfully the new form of life
given to us through the Christ child.The amazing God is still acting
in great and wondrous ways.
As this Christmas season progress,what do you anticipate?
Will you anticipate that the One who has come and who will come
again may surprise you by meeting you anew during this time of
In what ways may God be calling you to enact more fully the new life
granted in Jesus Christ?