Longing for Jesus

Longing for Jesus

Christmas Eve 2020

Longing #1: We long for someone to be LIKE us.

Hebrews 2:14a-b
Hebrews 2:17a

“Dear Sir, Regarding your article ‘What Is Wrong With The World?’ I am. Yours Truly, G.K. Chesterton.”

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” 

c.s. lewis

Longing #1: We long for someone to be LIKE us.

The Incarnation says: Jesus is LIKE you.

Longing #2: We long for someone to be FOR us.

Hebrews 2:14-15
Revelation 1:17c-18

Longing #2: We long for someone to be FOR us.

The Incarnation says: Jesus is FOR you.

Longing #3: We long for someone to be WITH us.

Hebrews 2:16-18

Propitiation: a sacrifice that satisfies and turns away the wrath of God.

“It could not have been done unless man paid what was owing to God for sin. But the debt was so great that, while man alone owed it, only God could pay it, so that the same person must be both man and God. Thus it was necessary for God to take manhood into the unity of his person so that he who in his own nature ought to pay and could not, should be in a person who could.”

anselm of canterbury

“Sympathy with the sinner in his trial does not depend on the experience of sin but on the experience of the strength of the temptation to sin, which only the sinless can know in its full intensity. He who falls yields before the last strain.”

b.f. westcott

Longing #3: We long for someone to be WITH us.

The Incarnation says: Jesus is WITH you.

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…. Come

The whole dance, or drama, or pattern of this three Personal life is to be played out in each one of us; or (putting it the other way round) each one of us has got to enter that pattern, take his place in the dance. . . . Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a kind of infection. If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire; if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. . . . If you are close to it, the spray will wet you: if you are not, you will remain dry. 

c.s lewis
John 8:12
Isaiah 60:1-3
Matthew 4:16

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