“Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.”
These last few days have been a reminder to me that we truly do live in a beautiful but broken world. Last night, there were severe storms bringing tornadoes to five states and killing scores of people. All you have to do is to see the news headlines from any website to see that this is not how God originally made the universe to be.
I’m reminded more and more of humanity’s great need for a Savior. We’ve gone and made a mess of everything. I include myself in this group when I say that I see my need for a Savior every day when I fall short of God’s design for me. I do the things I don’t want to do that are wrong and don’t do what I know is right.
But I also hold fast to the promise Jesus made to His disciples shortly before departing from them that He would come back. One day, He’d make all things right and then there would be no more sadness or crying, no more cancer or coronavirus, no more genocide or violence, no more evil.
Christmas should make us mindful of the manger in Bethlehem, but it should also point us to the empty tomb and the resurrection. We should remember that the child born on Christmas day grew up into the God-Man who gave up His life on good Friday and rose up from the grave on Easter Sunday. As one of my favorite writers said, the resurrection means that the worst thing is never the last thing.
So we celebrate with joy, looking forward with hope to the coming return of the Messiah. And we still join hands and cry out, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!”