As we enter the beautiful season of Advent and remembering, I wanted to share a couple of pieces that I have written this year about the good news and miracle work that only Jesus can accomplish. We begin with this piece about God’s great redemption story!
Who doesn’t love a great story? From the time we are children, we learn of villains and heroes, evil witches and helpless princesses. We learn about good and evil in this world. In the end, we anticipate and eagerly await the victory. We all want good to win.
As we think about our common humanity in a world that is becoming increasingly more polarized, it is important that we remember the most important story. It begins, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). The story that starts in a garden culminates with the promise of the protagonist’s return, and the realization of a new heaven and a new earth. “Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen” (Rev. 22:20–21).
When the angel Gabriel announced to the virgin that she was pregnant with child, she responded first with a question, “How can this be?” This pregnant girl went to visit her elderly relative, Elisabeth, who greeted her with a word of praise and a question. “Why am I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Mary’s fiancé, Joseph, was awakened in a dream with the news. “[Mary] will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins (Matt 1:21).” This was good news; there was no need for fear. “God is with us.” Upon the arrival of this miraculous baby, conceived of the Holy Spirit and birthed by his mother, the shepherds in the field received the baby announcement. The angel declared, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:10b-11).” This child’s arrival is good news to shepherds too. There is no need to fear.