Advent, Week 3, Day 2 – Jesus Our Rescuer
When I was a small child, the three of us kids would sit on Dad’s lap in front of the floor to ceiling windows and watch thunder storms. As lightening clapped and thunder rolled, Dad would speak soothingly and hold us close. We knew we were safe, because Dad was near and the storm could only show big and sound bigger, but wouldn’t harm without Dad’s intervention.
When God created his beautiful garden and placed Adam and Eve within, they knew only good. God walked with Adam in the cool of the evening, as evil had not yet destroyed their tranquility. But after Adam and Eve took their right of self-rule and ate the forbidden fruit, their eyes were opened to evil. The garden was for God’s rule alone, and and so they were ushered from it. Their relationship with Father God became distant, as their minds became dead to his gracious rule, and their own wills and the will of evil became tyrannical within and around them. (Genesis 3:1-4:15)
However, we weren’t made by God to taste evil, but were made only for his goodness. Man’s decision to self-rule opened the gates for evil to sweep into our world like flood, bringing with it slavery to sin and death and all the sadness, fear, grief, and torment they could hold.
At that time, God made a promise that one day, at just the right moment, he would send a Rescuer – One powerful, who would crush the head of the serpent who’d deceived Adam and Eve, enslaving them within evil’s grasp. Prophesies throughout the Old Testament of the Bible foretold that this One would come as God-man, also proclaiming that through him, mankind would be given the freedom to choose God’s gracious rule over their own “self-rule” riddled with pain, guilt, and shame.
That not so silent night, the angel appeared to the shepherds and proclaimed, “Don’t be afraid!”…. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!...” which began a new era of hope! (Luke 2:10-11 NLT)
The birth of the Christ child ushered in the beginning of the end of the reign of evil.
Jesus came to destroy the hold of evil over his creation, and restore mankind’s relationship with his Father. Because he’d never succumbed to evil’s lusts during his life, and because his sacrificial gift pleased God in his death, God raised him to life the third day – forever taking sin’s hold and consequences by the throat in one triumphant move as the stone was rolled away from his tomb and Jesus walked freely from death’s grasp!
No longer would mankind need to face evil alone – for Emmanuel (God with us), our Rescuer, has come! And he is the stronger brother for those who asylum in him, holding them close, speaking soothingly as they face the lightening claps and thunder rolls of life, “Don’t fear, I am here; and no evil will overtake and conquer you while you are safe in my grasp.”
Take time (as one of my readers did today) to pray for those who are facing evil – there are so many in our world.