Advent: The New Normal

December 23, 2019

 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. (John 1:9 NAS95)

     Christmas celebrates the advent of the normal human life as God intended. Advent memorializes the entrance into this fallen world of what a normal human life looks like: the Archetype, Jesus. The pattern after which God created us. 

     I like to call it the new normal, as the old normal swims around me every day. The visible physical world wreaks with pain and suffering from what we most often call normal. It is not normal, but it is what we are used to. It distorts. It makes me sad. I hurt for those around me because God never intended it to be this way. So 2000 years ago, He sent the real normal into space-time history, to the small and insignificant town of Bethlehem in Israel. Jesus came to show us the impact the real normal can have, and that impact enlightens us, all of us, with what it means to be human. What a remarkable Gift!

     Jesus re-presented God to us, as God truly intended us to know Him. Jesus’ character reflected God’s. Jesus lived a fully surrendered life to His Father. He did the Father’s will, which flowed from His unceasing communion with Him. Experienced, personal love from God the Father embraced Jesus, held Jesus, energized Jesus with generative joy and confidence for all He encountered. Jesus knew how to live in light of both visible and invisible reality at all times. The new Normal does just that. That Normal changes the world, and to that normal, we are called. 

     The gift of Jesus, the true Light, enlightens every man. As I reflect on Jesus as normal for humanness, I know I can become like Him. No, I will never be God (nor would I want to), but I might become a much better reflection of God’s character. For that is what it means to become truly human.

     I like to think about Jesus as the new normal for me. So I often ask myself, do I believe what Jesus believed? How do I engage with the Father as Jesus did? What distracts me from trusting His love embraces me? And how do I become the kind of person who could reflect the character of God the way Jesus did? 

     Jesus is the Light, which coming into the world, enlightens every man. Father, thank You for giving me a living picture of normal! Merry Christmas!

 

Warmly in Christ,

Doug Mitts

 

For Reflection :

 

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 NAS95)

  1. What shapes your thinking about Jesus most? What frames your mindset about imitating Him?

  2. What do you suppose Jesus’ habits of engaging with the Father were? What did it mean for Jesus to commune with the Father and how do you think He experienced that?

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