Today is the first Sunday of Advent. We are preparing for God to visit once again. We know there is going to be a reopening. “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel which means, ‘God is with us’” (Matthew 1:23).
We know that God did, indeed, tear open the heavens and come to us. “Though [Jesus] was in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form” (Philippians 2:6-7).
What kind of visit will this be? How will we receive God? We are still a people in a strange land, exiled from one another by our sinful ways and selfish natures. We long for our heavenly home. We, too, would like a visit. Yet, this is precisely the promise of Christmas: Immanuel! God with us. God with us during shut-down and stay-at-home orders. God with us in quarantine. God with us throughout social distancing. God will visit us again.
- Isaiah 64:1-9