It’s the fourth Sunday of Advent and we are exploring the theme of why Jesus came.
‘The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.’
John 1:14 in The Message
Why did Jesus come? Because his Father sent him to be the Saviour of the world and in that supreme act of obedience to his Father, Jesus brought glory to God.
Not everyone recognised his glory. Some laughed; some mocked; some were suspicious; some were not interested.
‘But whoever did want him,
who believed he was who he claimed
and would do what he said,
He made to be their true selves,
their child-of-God selves.
These are the God-begotten,
And as he makes us become our true selves, our ‘child-of-God selves’, he brings glory to God – the one-of-a-kind glory – and we get to be part of his amazing story.
O Come, All Ye Faithful! (John Francis Wade, 1751)
O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him, Born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,
O Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
God of God, Light of Light,
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin’s womb:
Very God, Begotten, not created;
Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
Glory to God In the highest;
See how the shepherds, Summoned to his cradle,
Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze;
We too will thither Bend our joyful footsteps;
Child, for us sinners, Poor and in the manger,
We would embrace thee, with love and awe;
Who would not live thee, Loving us so dearly?
Yea, Lord, we greet thee, Born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given; Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing;