Advent

By Pastor Derek Webster

There’s so much great Christmas music this time of year! Some can be nostalgic (White Christmas, for example). Some can be silly. Rogue reindeer running over grandma, anyone? Some are just a little bit creepy. Baby, it’s cold outside?

But some Christmas songs can be deeply significant and personal. They can move you to worship and submit. They can grow a deep sense of awe and wonder. Sometimes, they can even move tradition (a focus on the past) into a trajectory of faith (assurance in the future God has for us).

As I was growing up, some of the most meaningful songs were penned by Michael Card. He did an entire series of songs on the birth of Jesus that has helped me reflect on Jesus through these many years. A couple of quick examples:

 

When the Father longed to show
A love He wanted us to know
He sent His only Son and so
Became a holy embryo

No fiction as fantastic and wild
A mother made by her own child
The hopeless babe who cried
was God Incarnate and man deified

Because the fall did devastate
Creator must now recreate
So to take our sin
Was made like us so we could be like Him

(from To The Mystery, by Michael Card)

 

He spoke the incarnation, and then so was born the Son.
His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.
Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way Divine.
And so was born a baby who would die to make it mine.

(from The Final Word, by Michael Card)

 

Was made like us so we could be like Him. So was born a baby who would die to make it (a way Divine) mine. Wow.

Four candles are now lit for Advent: hope, faith, joy, peace.  The Christ candle will be lit on Christmas. He is the embodiment of God’s great love for us. In-between the four candles and the actual day, I pray your heart is lit with wonder. When you look up at the stars, I pray you imagine angels. When you listen to songs, I pray your thoughts are overloaded with the mystery of a mother holding the child who created her; a father raising a perfect son; a baby who sent the angels to declare His coming to shepherds.