December 18, 2014 | Posted in: Devotional

Nativity

…because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.

As many of us put up the decs and maybe even layout our nativity sets ready for Christmas its easy to to slip into an ordered mindset… the tree goes there… the wreath there… the mistletoe there… the crib and three wise men there… these are the little traditions WE always repeat in this house etc. and so on it goes.

Because of our familiarity with the story its as if all of the real nativity was an ordered set piece! Because of this we’ve woven it into a cute fairy story where everyone knows their parts and lines. But for those living it, it was a bewildering and most certainly ‘left field’ experience.

Advent is not a cutesy fairy story but rather an historical account that deals with ‘real’ life…

A teenage pregnant unmarried mother; oppressive government; homelessness; refugees in a foreign land; murder of the innocent; the working class; those who dabble in the occult…

But most of all, the aching and longing at the heart of mankind for some kind of deliverance from the pain of a world divorced from its Creator!

We can be Thankful In Advent because the Son rise HAS visited us from on high. He HAS given light to those sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death and He HAS guided our feet into the way of peace.


Listen

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (ESV)

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