God is for us, with us, in us
December 9, 2013
by Pastor Orval Wirkkala, Apostolic Lutheran Church, Kingsto

Dearly beloved,

“For I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15 Through the promise given in the Garden of Eden after mankind fell into sin, God has revealed that He is for us.

We are now in the season of Advent, a word that means arrival, or coming. It is a time of expectant waiting, a time of joy and of excitement.

As we await the celebration of the first coming of Christ to His world, we experience a growing expectation, excitement, and anticipation as we attend worship services, go caroling together, gather with family and friends, or read, meditate and pray over Advent and Christmas texts from the Bible.

There is a sense of excitement in the air, even in the dark winter nights of life, that our brighter day of joy is coming soon.

Even though we have had many Christmas celebrations come and go; nevertheless, each year it is as if it is the first one all over again. “For God is coming to be with us.” (Isaiah 7:14)

Isaiah, by faith, 700 years before Christ, was able to peer into the future of the effects of the first coming of Christ, for he spoke of being able to “draw water out of the wells of salvation,” (12:3) and of how the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: “they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (Isaiah 35:10)

For God not only is for us, but He came to be with us, so that He might be in us.

Having experienced the forgiveness of sins through Christ’s atonement through faith, we live under the covering of Christ’s righteousness and, through His indwelling Spirit, we belong to Christ alone.

Because we are His, our desire is to follow Him. So then, watching and praying is a natural outflow of our union with Him. It is not a “must,” or a “have to,” but an “I want to, and I will.”

We are like a child awaiting the day when they will be able to open their Christmas gift, that sits under the tree and which has their name on it. We are waiting and longing, waiting and longing . . .

May we have a blessed Advent season, and a Merry Christmas!

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