For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder.
And hope comes where it is most gracious…
As we know, “Grace” means you are special to God and you don’t have to do anything to be considered special by him. As we begin the season of Advent, we are once again surprised by the way God works. If we need an illustration of how special God considers us, think of the alternative message. Think of how the divine appears when humans make us their religion.
Think of the ancient gods of thunder, lightning, the sun, powerful animals, like the bear or the lion. Why didn’t the ancients ever worship O, great God of the mouse? The sparrow god? God of the puddle?
Here is why. The true God comes to us in the most unassuming and gentle way possible. He becomes one of us as a baby. We might be wary of babies, discombobulated by infants, but no one is afraid of a baby.
God, in his wisdom, comes as baby Jesus announcing once and for all time as John says in Revelation 21:3,
“I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.“
What does it mean to worship a gentle God?