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Advent Devotion – Tuesday, December 3

The Intrusion of God into time. What does that really mean? A onetime event in history that shatters the Eastern idea that time is eternally cyclical. It shatters the humanistic idea that the universe has no inherent worth, that it is all an illusion. Time and history are not “a tale, told by and idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

We are not “dust in the wind.”  

“The Jews, first, stand right at the center of the perennial attempt to give human life the dignity of a purpose” (Paul Johnson). The biblical view of creation is the first time in history that a “covenantal” view of time itself was introduced to human history.  

The truth is that God is engaged with history. That we can play a role in what God is doing in the World… that what we do, however small, has an effect on history. In any other worldview there is no significance to time, history or freedom.  

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Gal 5:1). We have, in this created freedom, significance. Our choices have meaning in history. There is a role for us to play within God’s plan. This is the significance of Christmas.

 As Nike says: Do it!

Tim Seeling, elder