As of Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Preparations for the Great Reveal had been in the making for a long time. The promise of the coming Savior appeared like a thread running through the Sacred Word. Starting in the garden of creation after the first recorded sin, Eve, the first mother, received the promise that her offspring would crush Satan, the accuser. Abraham was told that God would bless all people through his descendants. David came from the kingly line to rule Israel which would also bring forward the Anointed One. The prophet Isaiah foretold that a virgin would give birth to him and spoke of the many miracles he would do. Micah revealed that he would be born in the little two-bit town called Bethlehem in Judea.
However, the Hebrew people were not the only ones with insight about Creator’s coming. Many people groups around the world have stories, visions and prophecies about how the Maker of all would reveal himself. They recognized his greatness through nature and felt his presence in the wind, smoke, water and fire. They also knew that although creation pointed to Creator, it could not fully reveal him. It could not tell them that Creator loves them! Creation and all its beauty and wonder was also not able to bridge the great gulf between them. Human beings knew that they were small and Creator was great. He is perfect, we are flawed. The ceremonies and rituals they performed acknowledged this impasse between Creator and themselves.
Then the unspeakable happened. Creator of the universe, the unfathomable Mystery, who cannot be seen or touched made himself known. The Bible states it this way: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” It is difficult to appreciate the depth of these words. What is meant is: He “made his home among us.” One biblical paraphrase says it this way: “The word became flesh and blood and move into the neighborhood.”
That is the true story of his coming and worthy of celebration. Creator became a human being, mortal, vulnerable, dependent upon his own creation and subject to suffering and death, just as we are. Jesus eliminated the gap that separated us from Creator. Jesus answers the longing of all people to know Creator and his love and friendship. Anyone who sees him has seen Father Creator.
Volkhard Graf is with Youth With a Mission in Kamiah