The Fog and the Christ Child (Part 1)… by JW Kaiser
Have you ever been surfing in a thick fog bank? I’m talking about a fog so thick that you can’t see the waves from the beach. It’s almost as if you have an idea which direction to paddle based on memory, and once a short distance from the shore, you can no longer see the beach or the horizon.
One time I was out in a fog bank surfing great waves all alone. I had a hard time even seeing the waves. The water and sky were all the same color gray. I couldn’t tell where the water ended and the horizon started. I could feel the momentum of the wave pulling me along but couldn’t tell the direction I was moving.
Surfing in a fog bank is an exercise in orientation. When there is no sightline it is almost dizzying.
Life acclimated around ourselves and our own desires and truths is equally as confusing. That way of life is futile. This is why Advent season (the season of the church were we prepare for and remember the coming of the Christ Child) is so important. Before God decided to put on human skin and move into our neighborhood (John 1:1) we were more lost and disoriented than a surfer in a thick fog bank. To borrow a line from a U2 song, there was “no line on the horizon”.
But Jesus breaks through the fog of life. The birth of the Christ Child brings with it clarity, truth, love and the promise of a sacrificial life lived to the full. Before Jesus, we were forced to acclimate ourselves to the law or to ourselves or to something that wasn’t the true God. All are empty and will leave us distant from the loving NEARNESS of Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. The birth of the Christ Child is a beacon of hope that we can now orientate everything by. God entering our world is not just orientating and clarifying but it is also assuring. You are not just adrift. You are God’s and you are important enough that he came to you and for you.
“The great basis of Christian assurance is not how much our hearts are set on God, but how unshakably his heart is set on us.” – Tim Keller
Oh, come let us adore Him…