by Lindsey Wingo

Advent Pondering Gospel Proclamations

“And then, just as a branch came forth out of a deadened stump, out of the darkness came forth His Voice, an echo in the emptiness. Out of the black nothingness—glorious something!

“The commanding word of His mouth made all the light and the land and the living creatures—Let there be—.” -Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience

“Let there be…”

The words that from a single breath formed galaxy upon galaxy. (Possibly as many as 500 billion currently…and growing. God’s Word, still creating, still spreading like wildfire.)

And just as my almost two-year-old smiles in delight as she holds up one of her latest “masterpieces” for everyone to join in with “Oohs and Aahs,” the Creator of the world rejoiced in His creation.

“…rejoicing in His whole world and delighting in mankind.” Proverbs 8:31

“God looked at everything He had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31

Rejoice: To give joy, happiness, to. 

Delight: A high degree of gratification, something that gives great pleasure. 

The Word of God creates. The Word of God gives life. The Word of God rejoices and delights. The Word of God is powerful and true.

But perhaps the most blessed thing the Word of God did was this:

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

God’s very Word, in all of its power and perfection, became flesh. The Word, wrapped up in a person…a baby in fact. The most vulnerable of all the living. Flesh. The soft, exposed substance of it.

Then, in all His power, the Word lived the life He had first given. The Word walked the ground He created. The Word touched the faces He delighted in. And the Word became the sin He so hated.

“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

The Word. Jesus. Became Sin. 

And then, just as the Spirit of God hovered over the unformed world, turning nothing into something, turning emptiness and darkness into light and life, Jesus hovered over us, His children. He covers us.

The animal skins that covered Adam and Eve’s naked and shameful bodies…

The rainbow that covered the earth with God’s great promise…

The blanket that covered Noah’s drunken stupor…

The promise that covered Abraham’s doubt…

The basket that covered Moses’ tiny, baby body in the river…

The blood that covered the Israelites’ doorposts…

The fire and the cloud that covered them from their enemies…

The manna that covered the ground for their sustenance…

The God Who was faithful to His covenant—when His people were not faithful in return— covers, protects, and conceals.

He gives forgiveness where there was sin.

He gives grace where there was debt.

He gives life where there was decay.

He gives peace where there was anxiety.

He gives love where there was rejection.

He gives Himself where there was emptiness.

He is hope. He is the great Restorer of what was once broken beyond repair.

He gives. He creates. He stoops down low. He lifts us up.

He comes not as a king rides into battle. He comes naked. Vulnerable. A crying babe. He weeps for His creation. He lives to give us life. He died to set us free. He was raised to reign in victory. He reaches out to draw us close. He shares His prize. He covers us. And He fills us. The same Spirit of God that rested on Him, lives in us, His children.

“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord.” Isaiah 11:1-2

The Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and fear of the Lord, wrapped up in a tiny bundle. This same Spirit, this same Word of God, in us.

Glory to God! Great things He has done.

Advent. A time of waiting, yearning, for the One who speaks, covers, gives, and fills.

And we say now and forever, “Come, Lord Jesus. Come!”

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