O Zion, messenger of good news,
    shout from the mountaintops!
Shout it louder, O Jerusalem.
    Shout, and do not be afraid.
Tell the towns of Judah,
    “Your God is coming!”
Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power.
    He will rule with a powerful arm.
    See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
    He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
    He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young. Isaiah 40:9-11

Christmas treeFor as long as I can remember, part of my Christmas celebration during December almost always involves favorite stories and movies. We read an Advent Storybook each night before bed to our two girls who are almost seven and almost five. My husband and I like to watch It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas and at least one version of A Christmas Carol.

In recent years, we’ve added a new favorite that we try to watch at some point, Elf. I don’t know if you’ve seen Elf starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf, but there’s a scene in which Buddy is working at Macy’s during Christmas and his supervisor announces that Santa’s coming to their little North Pole set up the next day. Buddy just about explodes with the anticipation of Santa’s arrival (if you haven’t seen it, you can watch the clip below):

Buddy’s reaction makes me think about the above verses in a whole new way. Think about it, God’s people have been waiting for Him for a long time. Anticipating Him, looking for Him, waiting for Him to show up. And then comes a prophecy about a messenger who appears, a messenger of good news shouting from the mountain tops, “Your God is coming!”

Imagine the sense of shock and expectation that this prophecy must have brought with it.

“Your God is coming!”

But then, for them, there was more waiting. More waiting and more wondering. When? When is He coming?

We don’t have that same long wait. In fact, we get to celebrate His coming each year all the while anticipating His returning, His coming again.

But in the meantime, Advent is that time when we celebrate the end of the waiting the Israelites endured and anticipate His coming. Advent says, “Your God is coming!”

How do you respond to that? How do I?

Honestly, for me, much of December tends to get swallowed up in the doing and the planning of lots of things: planning meals, baking cookies, wrapping gifts, trimming the tree, making memories. In fact there tend to be more things to do than there is time to do them. Advent becomes a December of squeezing things in and rushing from one thing to the next in order to fit them all in. And one of those things I end up trying to squeeze in is Jesus.

This year, I don’t want to just squeeze Jesus in.

“Your God is coming!”

This year, I want to be like Buddy the Elf; I want to embody and display that absolute abandon and joy at the announcement, “Your God is coming!”

I want my response to echo loudly: Really? God? He’s coming? Here? To this place right here? God is coming? Wow!

But even more than that, I want to exclaim with even greater conviction: “God? I know Him. I know Him.”

And I want to celebrate with great joy the Good News that Jesus isn’t only coming, He’s staying. He’s here. He’s ruling and He’s leading and He’s guiding and He’s feeding His sheep. In Him is hope and love and mercy and grace and victory. In Him I live and move and have my being.

“God? I know him!”

And that is definitely worth shouting about and celebrating.

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2 thoughts on “Advent: I Know Him

    1. It is too easy to forget. And that’s why I love to think about the idea that Jesus is coming in terms of Buddy the Elf. If only I displayed that exuberance, you know?

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