Advent Reflections Day 12: The present that far exceeds our expectations

“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.” Luke 1.31

A number of years ago, we were given a Christmas present weeks before Christmas. It was quite a large present, held in a box wrapped in festive paper. When we lifted it and em…shook it, there was a sound of pieces of wood being knocked together. Our curiosity ran wild. What could it be? Eventually we all agreed that it must be giant Jenga. After all what else could it be? It seemed obvious.

Christmas day came and we were all excited to open the mystery present we thought was giant Jenga. With great anticipation we removed the wrapping, and lo and behold there was…a self-assemble shoe rack from IKEA!

Mary would conceive a child and give birth and call His name Jesus. He was no mystery present. She knew from the start that all the difficulties and discomforts of pregnancy and then giving birth would produce a son whom she would call Jesus.

The apostle John’s words in The Message translation express the truth about Jesus so clearly:

The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighbourhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.
John 1.14

Jesus is no let down. His name means He will save His people from their sins. Jesus is the perfect present from God to a needy world. The God-substitutes that people chase are like hoping for giant Jenga and getting a shoe rack from IKEA.

But unlike giant Jenga, Jesus is the greatest present ever. He far exceeds our greatest expectations.

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