Advent Devotional for December 23rd

John 3:16-17

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 

Our Creator is infinite love. We, the created, cannot possibly comprehend the kind of love from which and for which we were created. I imagine with my limited human imagination that God, knowing our imperfect human efforts to understand the Word finally decided to take on human form in the person of Jesus the Christ. ‘Perhaps,’ he may have thought, ‘if I can just demonstrate to these beloved creatures what my kind of love looks like in human terms, they will understand that my love is infinite and eternal, forgiving and saving, requiring nothing more than faith.’

God’s incarnation shows us the way. The person of Jesus, his life and sacrifice, provides a human glimpse into the immensity, mystery and majesty of God’s love. The incarnation is a calling us to know him, to trust Him, and to follow him. It is God’s hope for the world. It is grace. It is peace.

-Lili Teigland

Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi, Adoration of the Magi, c. 1440/1460, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., tempera on a wood panel, diameter of 137.3 cm

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