23 December 2013

prepare ye the way

This morning I read most of the first chapter of Luke; his account of the Nativity is my favorite, and so I'm going back through it these few days before Christmas.

Having grown up in the church and read the Gospels many times over, I'm quite familiar with the details of this narrative. But because it is God's word, of course-- because the Spirit makes it living and active-- it comes into my heart differently every time around.

Today I especially noticed the sense of preparation throughout the chapter. Everyone is busy getting ready. Every single event lines up and links together for the unfolding of this great Providence.
- Gabriel's announcement prepares Zechariah and Elizabeth for John's birth.
- John is destined to prepare a people for God.
- Another visit from Gabriel prepares Mary for her own child, and she herself prepares her heart to bear the Son of God.
- The two women prepare together for their babies' arrival, a pair of arrivals that will change the world forever.
And what I thought today, as I read, was that God is always doing this. Always weaving the world into His plan, either fulfilling His promises, or directly preparing to do so. Though we do not see this pattern fully, we can have absolute faith that it exists and that each moment of our lives is used in it. Nothing hangs free of His order.

As Elizabeth told her young cousin, "Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."

1 comment:

  1. Without fail every Christmas brings a new revelation regarding the incarnation. My current favorite Christmas passage is found in 1st John 1:1-4. Words like heard, seen, touched, made manifest all affirm the author saying, "hey this is not some nice tradition or a clever philosophy but this is a real historical fact, and I saw it."

    God in his wisdom knew that the incarnation was needed for our redemption, a real physical breaking into the history of the world. The amazing-ness of the incarnation is probably greater the the ex-nihilo of creation. No wonder every Christmas can afford the believer some new revelation.