Wednesday, December 20, 2023

He is not Finished Yet

When we call Jesus the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty, God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace, how does that change our perspective on waiting?

During this third week of Advent we are focusing on Jesus as the Everlasting Father. There are many things about Christ that we can equate with eternity—His eternal kingdom, the image of Him as the Word become Flesh, the eternal communion between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

One of the clearest images of eternity found in the Nativity story is that of God being born as a tiny baby. God’s timeline has always been different from ours. He had no need to arrive on Earth as a grown adult, ready to engage people with His message of forgiveness, healing, and love. Having existed eternally before the Incarnation, God has infinite time to bring about His plan of redemption.

Jesus’ birthday, the day we celebrate as Christmas, is not the beginning, nor is it the end of Jesus’ story, of our story. Christmas lands in the middle of eternity as a pivotal moment. The day Jesus was born, nothing would ever be the same again. From the moment of his conception to His last Earthly breath on the cross, Jesus has been acting out one unique truth about God: He is not finished yet.

If everything feels like a failure, it is because God is not done working. If there doesn’t appear to be any hope left to hold onto, it doesn’t mean God has abandoned you. On the contrary, He is working and moving—all on our behalf.

Our waiting may be 25 days, or it may be 25 years. Either way, we don’t stand alone in our waiting. With every sign of resignation and prayer of relinquishment, we are held by strong, eternal hands.

In this we have hope: He is not finished yet.

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