32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.
The season of Advent invites us to examine our longings. What is it that my soul so desperately desires? Why all the worry and anxiety? Where has all the time gone?
This description of the coming Messiah gives us insight into our heart’s questions. Jesus’ incarnation has been in the works from eternity, sovereignly woven into history through a genealogy that could have only been orchestrated by God. At the end of John 6, Jesus ask his disciples if they want to give up on him like the crowds were doing. Peter responds, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” Is Jesus the one? Nothing else compares.
Anxiety and worry, of which I am an expert, are simply disbelief that Jesus is willing and or able to rule the world. His very incarnation is evidence of his willingness to engage us and his resurrection is proof that he is quite able to be our great and reigning King.
Celebrating Christmas always seems to remind me of how quickly time passes. There is a saying about life that the days are long and the years are short. The promise of a never ending kingdom ruled by Jesus gives us great hope that a day is coming that we will no longer be caught between the cry we share with Moses, “Return O Lord! How long?” and our sense of loss over time that got away. May our Advent season be filled with reflection of God’s willingness to take on flesh and humbly enter his creation as one of us.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son. We long for his return and the day when we will see him face to face. By your Spirit, help us see and know Jesus as he is, the willing and able King, enthroned by you with no end to his rule.
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.