In Anticipation of Christmas
Come, thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us;
Let us find our rest in thee.
-Charles Wesley, Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
I had the privilege of reading the Christmas story to a small group of kids last weekend. Three of the seven had never head it before and had lots of questions. Who was Cesar? Why would they want to count everyone? Why didn't they go to the hospital? It was awesome to talk through Luke 2 with fresh eyes and a curious heart.
Something jumped out to me. When the angels announced the birth of Jesus they referred to him using several names: Savior, Messiah, the Lord. Catch that? From day one Jesus was already the savior. How could a baby save anyone? We see how Jesus came for the purpose of bringing God's rescue plan into fulness. Jesus came to save us.
And so we pray for Jesus to come, to save us, to set us free so that we may rest in him.