Ok so lets stop looking at what things look like, because like Mary’s Big Belly something very special is buried inside. Let us stop talking about the over commercialization of the Christmas Season, or how Jesus is nowhere to be found in this 21st Century. That He was more than likely not born in December or that Christmas Trees have a Pagan roots.
All that ranting and raving misses the point of Advent all together, the point of advent my friends not what it looks like, but rather what is ready to be birthed into This World our World. What is ready to be birthed from within, all the pain, hurt, disappointments and trails we are mired knee-deep in!
You see there is always a Coming of Christ into, waiting as scriptures teach for someone who is needing and looking for it. It will like many years ago come in a way you are looking for, and in a place that seems not make sense, but come it shall. This is just how God works the birth of something Divine and beautiful right in the middle of Pagan Rule and Reign. With the desire for power and riches seeming to have grasped the attention of so many.
You need to get ready for a Another Coming of Christ, Christmas Advent is here for those humble and hurt enough to be looking it. Those who know in their heart of hearts if God does not birth some New something in me, I shall surely die.
Let us quiet our Minds and Critical voices, let us subdue our discontent and we will hear that another Heartbeat. That one which is waiting to be released into the our worlds, the Spirit of Christ. It will require a little work on our part just a gentle push of faith my friends, and then we will be Renewed by God’s presence in and through us.
Then we shall so Love the World as God so Loved the World, then you too shall give and all will be blessed!
Luke 2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Webster says Advent is a noun: A coming into place, view, or being; arrival: the advent of the holiday season. The coming of Christ into the world. The period beginning four Sundays before Christmas, observed in commemoration of the first coming of Christ into the world. The Second Coming.
The Gospel is not a message about your personal salvation, Jesus Christ always looked on the masses with love and compassion, he forgave without request. He prayed for those he never saw and believed His life’s mission was bigger than just himself.
It is recorded that Jesus said THEY will say that He is here and He is there but don’t believe them. This relationship with Divinity is a real hide and seek kind of adventure and I don’t expect an in Person visit anytime soon. As a child one of my favorite games to play with my good friends was Hide & Seek, I loved to Hide but I also loved to be Found as well.
So it is plain to see that God is the biggest kid on my block, both loving to Hide and also to be Found. So where is God hiding, well the truth is God is Hiding in Plain sight, but not where THEY say. We are told God isn’t Hiding in any place that men have built and designed, no matter how costly.* *(see Acts 7) Now this goes for buildings of Bricks and Mortar and well as the buildings of the mind, or the god of our understanding.
I have discovered God hiding in the most unlikely places and I am always surprised, I know why I’m surprised as well. Because THEY have been talking for so long that it takes a while to move past what I once thought I knew for sure, in order to discover the God who is Hiding in Plain Sight. I presume that when a Being is infinite the place for hiding must be equally infinite as well, seen in subtle reflections which takes some reflection to see.
Most conflicts over God whether they be Nations, Churches, or Individuals come down to the god of our UNDERSTANDING. How many disputes come down to a dispute over your Understanding of god, the God mind you who says quite clearly is Beyond Understanding.
un·der·stand·ing Noun: a mental process of a person who comprehends; comprehension; personal interpretation: My understanding of the word does not agree with yours.* *(see Webster)
I understand the desire to learn about God I have a great passion for study, and rare is the day you do not see a new book in my kindle or on my coffee table. What I am talking about is how we take what we have learned, god as we Understand god to be. Then make it something to be defended and debated, or worse the basis for judgment of others who have a different God of their Understanding.
In the time of Christ every city had at least one Temple to The god of Their Understanding. They had much invested in these gods of their Understanding and spared no experience to show their devotion.
What I believe made Jesus Christ and His disciples unique is that they shared The God of Their Experience, and brought that experience with God’s presence and words where ever they went. They literally challenged the gods of people’s Understanding not with a competing a Temple and Priesthood, but rather a movement based in Spirit.* *(see Book of Acts)
A very wise Pastor* *(see Bob) once told me that a man’s spirit always desires that which is higher spiritually, that spirit always takes you higher and deeper. So these people who merely had a god or gods of their Understanding where spiritually starving to death. The One True God looked upon this with understanding and mercy,* *(see Romans 2) also seeing that His Temple and Priests did no better with the god of their Understanding.* *(see Acts 15)
Ok so lets fast forward to the state of this movement of the Spirit of God today, and what do we see? We see a Church divided not by how much we love and care, but rather divisions over the dod of our UNDERSTANDING, UNDERSTANDING has become our god, little g intended.
So in an age where information can’t be controlled and the capacity to understand is available to more and more people.* *(see Google et all) In fact this age has made all mere Understandings of god equal players on the field of the mind, and followers of Jesus just another debate team.
Drive around any town in America and you see Temples again built for the god of their Understanding. I will add though that this is far superior to many places around the world where only one god of Understanding is allowed. * *(see Saudi Arabia et all)
We must move beyond the god of our Understanding if we are going to move beyond the place where Rome was, before it was conquered Spiritually by The God of Jesus , where the experience of Love ruled and God was known Beyond mere Understanding.
We are starving, I am starving, and the god of our UNDERSTANDING will no longer do. The next move of the One True God’s Spirit must and has to be BEYOND Mere UNDERSTANDING!