Christmas is now world famous, and so the only surprise many people expect during this season is while opening presents. But in fact the manner of the Messiah’s coming was unexpected for many, even among those who looked for him — and he will continue to be a mystery to us today, if we do not know him through his word, the Bible.
This Messiah did not come as an earthly king, but as a lowly servant. He did not come to conquer empires but to suffer for sins. And this Messiah is not proud and removed, but humble and present with each of his people. He is majestic in his meekness, holy in his compassion, mighty in his poverty.
Join us this Advent season, as we consider the Messiah we didn’t expect:
1) The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught. (Isaiah 50:4)
Point to ponder: Jesus not only mastered God’s Word, but also suffering — through experience.
Question to consider: Whatever you may be suffering right now, did you know Jesus is touched by it?
2) Zeal for your house has consumed me. (Psalm 69:9)
Point to ponder: Jesus is just as holy as he is loving; he is as righteous as he is merciful.
Question to consider: Are you fostering a hatred for sin that reflects Jesus’ own wrath against sin?
3) The Lord has anointed me to bring good news.
Point to ponder: We are alternately surprised by Jesus’ condescension and his uncompromising standard: yet both are part of his good news.
Question to consider: Are you erring into one ditch or the other in your perception of Jesus: either mercy with holiness, or holiness without mercy?