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Advent Devotion – Thursday, December 12

We are given many gifts and wonders to enjoy during the Christmas Season, including music, much of it containing deep theological truths. I must confess that I haven’t really enjoyed the rich theology, since most of my singing has focused on trying to hit the right notes so as not to totally embarrass my wife.  

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that my wife loves me regardless of my vocal abilities, and that she is much more impressed by my doing the dishes. With this newfound freedom, I’ve recently been more able to focus on the words, reflecting on the profound truths found in these carols. This season I’ve been struck by the truths found in “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”. This song tells us about the joyful singing of the angels and nations as they give glory to the newborn King, the everlasting Lord. The cause for this joy is that “Diety has become incarnate for us to see—Pleased with us in flesh to Dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel”—Our Emmanuel, God with us, came to earth so that GOD AND SINNER ARE RECONCILED. 

While many other world religions recognize that God is holy and humanity is not, only Christianity presents a way to bridge this chasm between God’s holiness and humanity’s depravity, thus allowing us to be invited into God’s presence; to be received into his family as his beloved sons and daughters.  

If we were only able to truly see how wide the gulf is between our depravity and God’s holiness, we would start to appreciate how truly wonderful it is that Jesus, Emmanuel, was “Pleased with us in flesh to dwell” and how unique and wonderful the Christmas Good News is.

Steve Hill, elder