Advent is always an interesting time for me. The build up to Christmas tends to be hectic with school, work, and the general craziness that accompanies this time of year. Somehow, I still find stretches of time where I start to ponder of the birth we celebrate and the totality of Christ’s life on earth. When I consider all of this information, I am left with a realization is by no means original. My conclusion is a common phrase encountered in the life of any believe, whether or not he/she consciously thinks about it or states it in these words.
We live in the already/not yet.
We live in a state of already knowing what Christ has done, yet desiring the fulfillment of all that his message promises for humanity.
We live with the evidence of God’s grace working in our lives, while knowing his redemption is not yet complete.
We see how God’s people are being the hands and feet, while striving to see how justice and reconciliation could be attained even further.
We give our thanks to God for all that he has already done, yet we continually find reasons to pray, “God, I yearn for you to reconcile things in a way that I cannot.”
We live in the already/not yet, but there is a reason we abide in this time. We have hope. This hope rests upon what Christ has done, is doing, and will do. This hope is the same hope that existed all those years ago, when a child was born in the back of a stable somewhere in a little town called Bethlehem.