Posted by: gmscan | December 8, 2011

An Advent Thought


It is hard for us to imagine, but there was once a world without Jesus.  It was a cold and hopeless world.

Sure, God had promised that someday He would send a Messiah. But people had waited for hundreds and hundreds of years – no Messiah.

For most people the promise had grown old and stale. They turned to idols. The worshippers of idols promised immediate results – fertility, food rain. Not in hundreds of years but tomorrow. Hey, whaddya have to lose? It’s probably hokum, but who knows? Maybe it will work. Nothing else seems to. Like the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t play.

Plus, this God thing ain’t working out that well. We keep getting overrun and pushed around.  First by the Assyrians, then the Babylonians, then the Persians, then the Greeks, and now the Romans. Seems like their gods are working better than ours is, so let’s give it a whirl.

And these damned prophets keep showing up, turning on the guilt thing. They’re cranky and constantly telling us how screwed up we are. Sheeesh! What a bummer. Bunch of wackos if you ask me.

Better to go with sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. Live for today. If it feels good, do it. Lady Gaga and Charlie Sheen. They may be idiots, but at least they are rich and famous. What else is there?

What else is there?

What else is there?

Empty. Hopeless. Sad.

We may have given up on God, but He didn’t give up on us. Just when things seemed most forlorn, He sent in the cavalry. How could we have known? Certainly not that first year, not even for another 30 years. Even then we couldn’t be sure.

Cavalry? No, just a baby. No chariots. No army. A baby who would grow up to be just a man on foot. But also — God himself. God himself. In the body of a man, but first — just a baby. WOW!

Here is a wonderful video of how God works in the womb of a mother. This is how God’s cavalry arrived to save us.



  1. Marvelous thoughts for Advent. Thanks. Malcolm Muggeridge wrote that Jesus was the only sovereign to rule from a cross and using only one weapon, love. He always had a way of turning the power structures on their heads. We killed Him for it, but when He climbed out of the grave, He wasn’t even mad. What a radical, hopeful story… Thanks, Greg. Have a wonderful Advent, a Happy Chanukkah, and a Merry Christmas. I love your writings.

    • Thanks, Richard. I guess I’ll have to add Muggeriidge to my list of things-to-read.

  2. Whenever God fulfills one of his promises there is a part of me that always wants to say: “Huh? You’re kidding, right?”

    • Thanks, Jodie. Me too. Being new to all this I started out skeptical that it really worked that way. But it seems to happen every day. Amazing.

  3. Hi Greg,

    Very interesting reading and very interesting thoughts. Thanks for sending.


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