Today is the third Sunday of Advent.
Tragic things happen to Christ’s people during Advent. Husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters die. Jobs are lost. Marriages are undone. Houses burn down. Careers are ruined. The list is long.
For that, I am confident that in and through these situations Yahweh’s glory will be revealed. And that I know because Yahweh is the All-Glorious God, and in His completely holy, wise and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures and all their actions He.will.be.glorified.
One of the reasons I know this is because of Advent.
The Bible is the capital-B Big capital-S Story, and every word on every page serves that Story, and serves the capital-M Meta capital-N Narrative of all creation, the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The Bible in its very beginnings tells us about the tragedy of all tragedies, the fall of all mankind in the Fall of our first father, Adam.
The event of Advent is the coming of the Christ into the middle of the Big Tragedy, sin and death. I do not need to recount the whole Story, but in dealing with that sin and death the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is glorified. And into the midst of tragedies that proceed from the Big Tragedy, Christ has come to redeem and bring glory just as surely as He does in the redemption of all his elect.
And thanks be to God.
Christ’s blessings on y’all this day.