As I write this post we are full square in the season of Advent. In fact, there’s just one more Sunday to go then Christmas Day when the final candle will be lit as Christ’s anticipated coming is realised in the birth of the God child Jesus.
Like many light festivals, Advent is full of hope as it remembers and anticipates God entry into our world. An environment fashioned by human darkness which God chooses to embrace as the Divine becomes incarnate and engages with us and our broken humanity. A dark world in which Jesus is the promise that change is just around the corner.
Of course, it took another 33 years for the full dynamics of God’s gift to be realised – but not long in terms of Millennium. The infant Jesus had to grow into the adult who would teach, argue and challenge the darkness before dying and resurrecting to eternal life to prove his words were true and his credentials and authority was from God.
This Christmas, consider the light- an infant flame whom angels bowed down to and Kings journeyed to see- not because he was a baby but rather the promised Messiah who had arrived to begin his mission of saving the world.