As the final post in this Advent series, it strikes me as a good time to reflect on the big picture. Jesus Christ came to earth and brought us salvation. Without His eventual death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, we would be hopelessly lost in our transgressions. We would be unable to be reconciled to God which would have eternal consequences for all of us.
This entire journey began on Christmas Day in one sense, but it also began way before. God didn’t just make up this plan one day and decide that it was the right time to drop Jesus on earth. God laid out the entire plan for Jesus to come to particular parents at a particular time in a particular place. Ever since the Fall, God promised that one would come who would crush the head of the serpent. The world was waiting for that victory, and Jesus Christ brought it. He rose over death and repaired that broken relationship between God and man.
Advent is about the coming of Christmas and the literal birth of Jesus Christ, but it is about more than the nine months Mary was pregnant with Jesus. Sure, that was the final stretch if you will, but Christianity is a bigger story. From the entry of sin into the world until the birth of Jesus Christ, the stage was being set. Even looking at the experience of the nation of Israel, it soon became obvious that no human king was going to be able to create heaven on earth. Even David and Solomon, two of the greatest leaders in the history of the world, could not create a lasting, perfect kingdom. What they needed was a spiritual King would bring about a renewal of the heart. Unfortunately, many people did not understand that at the time and were expecting a political ruler, but the entire Old Testament points to the fact that human efforts will never be able to do what God can do.
Advent brings to the end Mary’s nine months of pregnancy but also what all of the universe had been waiting for. The Old Testament is full of people who were looking ahead towards the Messiah. Job longs for an advocate as an example. All of that longing was finally going to be satisfied by the arrival of Jesus Christ. Through His ministry, He changed the world. He fundamentally repaired the relationship between God and man. He instituted a kingdom that will never fall.
Although I am going to have something published on Christmas since it is Monday, this is the last thing I will write during Advent, so I hope that you have enjoyed this series. Christmas is one day, but it does is good to spend the length of time reflecting on many of the implications of that day. Like we often times say about Thanksgiving, we ought to be thankful all year around rather than just on one day. Similarly, the beauty of Christmas should impact us all year round and remind us of the coming of our Lord and Savior.