Watching the Clock: 12/7-8/2013
The second week of the Advent season celebrates that Christ is the Way. The way to live. The way to God. The way to wait. The way waiting pays off.
As we looked at Matthew's very first chapter and the family tree of Jesus, we see how a way was made for Jesus. The path was cleared by a crazy cast of characters. It's a perfect list, not because the people were perfect but because it lets you know right away that Jesus belongs to prostitutes and kings alike. Christ is the Way for wanderers, soldiers, farmers, and mother-in-laws (Mothers-in-law?). He is the way for everyone and all of us get to be a part of keeping the story going.
To read more this week, here's some places to start:
- Matthew 3 (How a crazy bug-eater paved the way for Jesus.)
- John 14 (Jesus speaks for himself about where his life is going and where ours should too.)
- Romans 5.12-17 (How Jesus is the Way out of sin.)
Remember, that Advent readings are best done by candle light to represent how light shines in darkness.
Start some conversations this week with yourself, God, your family, your friends, about what Jesus has to show us about how life can be done. Even those of among us who only have a passing understanding of his life know he showed the world some brand new things. If you watch any Christmas movies or specials this week, trace the messages of those back to Jesus. Don't let them fool you into thinking this is just a season about "Love" or "Family"--it's actually about a Savior born into a crazy family who loved his friends, enemies and strangers just the same. It's about God breaking in and making a way for us to be different people. Notice this week how all roads, even the generic "holiday" ones, lead back to Jesus.
For some more readings about the Advent season, you may want to check out this Godspace site.