The birth of Jesus promises us that there is still more to come. God is still with us, still doing astounding things on behalf of the world. The birth of Jesus gets our attention and reminds us that the longing of God’s people to experience God’s presence long ago is our longing, too. The hopes and expectations that God will act in meaningful, transformative ways are our hopes and expectations. Amid the darkness of this night, as we yearn for God’s light to shine and eagerly anticipate the coming of a wonderful counselor, mighty god, everlasting father, and prince of peace; we rejoice that he is more than just a baby: He is Christ, the Lord, the Promised Messiah, the Blessed Savior, God with us. Joy to the World! The LORD is born. Amen.
- Isaiah 9:2-7
- Luke 2:1-20