December 8, 2011 § 1 Comment
The other day, while writing in my Starbucks (yes, I have claimed it as mine and have donated all the proceeds to the mother corporation), I was reminded of how noisy it gets in that small space. The joint was packed and it was loud! But what set this clamor apart, because there is rarely a time when it isn’t cacophonous in this particular shop, is that Christmas music was playing. At some point Silent Night came on and I was struck by how the words and tune to the carol could somehow wind their way through the chaotic din of such a highly populated place and find residence in my hearing – but it did.
And it set me to thinking that there had to be parallels with the Christmas story, because the world didn’t stop when Jesus was born, in fact, quite the opposite. He quietly entered a dissonant humanity. It was a time of taxation. People traveled far distances, only to fight for places to stay in the towns they paid their taxes in. Jesus’ family was no exception, as we know.
I guess it would be easy to say that Jesus had to somehow find His way in, but I don’t see it that way. Jesus is undaunted and unhindered by the ‘noise’ of my messy life, and that is a good thing. He quietly satisfies the Father’s good plan. He doesn’t wait until I get my act together. The Prince of Peace simply dispenses what defines Him. His intentions are undisturbed by a disturbing world. His love and care are unshaken by our shaky lives. As with a newborn, he simply enters when it is time. And because of this, our longing isn’t one of uncertain hope. It is a confident longing – the kind that enables us to take heart in knowing that nothing we do can thwart Jesus’ immanent arrival. That’s what He did the first time. It is what He did when we became His. This hasn’t changed. Truly, His law is love and His gospel is peace…
For this I am glad.