Advent – the ancestry of the eternal Christ

Hark! the herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest heaven adored;

Christ the everlasting Lord;

Late in time behold Him come,

Offspring of the favored one.

Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see;

hail the incarnate Deity

Pleased as man with men to dwell,

Jesus, our Emmanuel

Hark! the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the newborn King”

Advent – the ancestry of Christ

Acts 13: 23

“From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Saviour Jesus, as he promised.”

Jesus came from the line of David, he had earthly ancestry but it was God who brought him to the world. God had sent the Saviour but worked within the human lineage. The Saviour existed before the ancestors of old.

Jesus was fully aware that He existed before this life on earth. “The one who comes from above is above all” John 3: 31

He would say things like “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” Luke 10:18

He has seen it all. He has seen all that you hold dear. He saw it all come into being.

So often we reduce Jesus to the man, to his history on earth. We even reduce Jesus to the miracle worker, to the cross, to the tomb, even to the resurrection. He is far greater than all those descriptions.

He didn’t come to be the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. He didn’t come to be the Saviour, the Forgiver. He is the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world.

In the carol, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, we are reminded that Jesus, being God, took on human flesh. “Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ the everlasting Lord; . . . Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate Deity.”

He is the Ancient of Days, the Creator, with the Father and nothing was made that has been made without Him.

We cannot contain Him to a time and a place and a nation. He is beyond his genealogy! We cannot hold on to Him, He is beyond our grasp, we cannot understand all that there is to know about Him, He is beyond our capability to think. He is pre-existent, before Abraham was born, I am!

The Jews saw only the historical manifestation, the ancestry and not the eternal person.

Jesus did not begin 2000 years ago, that was just when the incarnation took place. He had no beginning. He was before beginning. Because of this we can say He has seen it all and He knows it all.

There have been no accidents in your life, neither your birth, nor your death, nor anything in between. He knows the beginning and the end for each one of us.

We can invite Jesus into our existence – but there is a far greater invitation: An invitation for us to live our lives in His pre-existence.

You might not know why some things have happened or why they haven’t. But He knows. We are called to be content in that.

God has and will always know what is going on in your life. He holds out His hand for us so that we can walk through life trusting in a pre-existent Jesus who knows.

Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.






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