So technically speaking we are in the Advent season, not Christmas season. I know small technicality who cares right? Christmas season starts 25th; Advent season is the season leading up to Christmas, it ends December 24th on Christmas Eve.
In our previous installment on our mini-series, we mentioned that Advent is the season of anticipation of Christ arrival. Jesus arrived once on this earth. Some people who had been waiting for generations missed this arrival. Others, however, saw the coming and traveled to encounter Jesus.
Jesus lived 33 years on this earth; history recorded only about 10% of His lives events. 90% of His lives events are undocumented. Think of an iceberg. 90% of this massive structure in the ocean is underneath the water unseen. Around 10% of that iceberg is above the water. These icebergs are unmovable. The Titanic was taken down because of the hidden parts of the ice underneath the water.
Foundation of Jesus' live was solid. Yes, He is 100% God and 100% man. That 100% man portion, however, had to be developed it had to be matured. Jesus grew in wisdom & stature (Luke 2:52).
I think there is something to be said about the amount of documentation we put into our own lives. We live in a day and age of Instagram Stories, IGTV, Facebook Live, Snaps, Tweets among so many others documenting around 90% of our live events. What would happen if we decided to follow Jesus' example and build a foundation in the unseen parts of our lives that was solid, lifegiving and world-changing?
Jesus is undoubtedly the most influential human in the history of humanity. His example the decisions he made in His lifetime changed the course of humanity.
During His lifetime He was arrested, falsely accused, humiliated, hung on a cross to pay the sins of the world. He was buried in a tomb. Three days later he rose from that grave. Forty days later he met with His disciples and told them He was returning at some point.
2,000+ years later we are waiting. We are still waiting. Some of us might have given up on the His second arrival. Some of us might not even believe Him. I'd encourage you, however, to take a glance in the rearview mirror of history to move forward into the future.
History, science, art, among so many other fields, point to God and the existence of God. Take a look at books like Problem of God by Mark Clark, read through or Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel. These authors unpack this topic in surprising ways.
Jesus' second arrival will be the completion of what He started on this earth on His first arrival. What we see now is only a glimpse of what is to come.
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