With only two weeks to go until Christmas, my children are getting more and more excited every day. I must admit, I'm eager, too!
Despite the busyness of the season we take time every week to observe advent. Recently we discussed the concept of the Incarnation--Christ's coming.
In his book Miracles, C.S. Lewis called this monumental event, "The Grand Miracle," remarking, "If the thing happened, it was the central event in the history of the Earth--the very thing that the whole story has been about."
What a remarkable observation and truth to ponder. The Message paraphrase puts it well: "The Word [Christ] became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood" (John 1:14). The word The Message renders as "moved into the neighborhood" is skenoo in the Greek, which means to live, dwell, or spread a tent, bringing to mind the Old Testament tabernacle--the portable place of worship.
The Grand Miracle tells us much about the nature of God, especially his deep love for us and desire to reach out to us. Christianity is "a rescue religion," as a former colleague of mine once said. God takes the initiative and throws us a lifeline.
There's no better time to think about The Grand Miracle than Christmas!