December 2nd “Making Room for God’s Redemption and Orchestration”
“The only people whose soul can truly magnify the Lord are people like Elizabeth and Mary — people who acknowledge their lowly estate and are overwhelmed by the condescension of the magni cent God.” – John Piper
The fall of man was insidious. It came through direct disobedience to God’s command not to eat the fruit of a tree he had placed in the idyllic se ng He called Eden, which means, “delight.”
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were na- ked; so they sewed g leaves together and made coverings for themselves” (Genesis 3:6,7 NIV).
Fortunately, God was merciful. Although He had promised death (both spiritual and ul mately, physical) to those who ate from this tree (Genesis 2:17), He had already made provision for man’s redemp on. Eve, whose name represented her motherhood over the en re human race carried within her the gene c makeup that would ul mately produce the One who would redeem mankind – “Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living” (Genesis 3:20).
The third century theologian, Origen, first coined the term, “The God-man” to describe Jesus as fully God and fully man. Theologians refer to this as the “hypostastatic union.” Jesus was fully man because only a perfect man could atone for man’s sin. He was fully God because only God could sustain His own eternity and holiness, providing Himself to be a perfect sacrifice for man’s redemption and ultimate conquest over sin and the grave through His resurrection.
That is why Galatians 4:4 and 5 can forthrightly proclaim to us, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”
May we humbly make room in our hearts this Advent Season for more of Jesus, even as Jesus found room in that humble stable so many years ago.
1. In what way or ways have I neglected to apply Jesus’ advent practically in my life?
2. How do I fail to consider and practice His advent throughout the year?
How can I practically project His presence within me to others in my circle of friends, family and acquaintances?