Advent – the purpose
Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed
Paul continued to show how David could not have been speaking about himself because he died, was buried and his body decayed. This is the evidence that David was prophesying about another and that person is Jesus, that’s what Paul was saying.
God had a purpose for that generation and David served it. Then he died.
Today I am giving a tribute at a funeral of a family friend. I have been reflecting on his life, preparing for something to say, realising that it is only in death that life is known. His great-grandchild is ready to be born. The baby will come at any time. Hope is found in birth but the purpose for that hope is only truly realised in death.
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven”. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Advent shouts out the imminent coming of the Messiah. This is a new season, a time for the purpose from Heaven:
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:32-33
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
During his time on earth Jesus would often speak of the purpose of God for him being here.
”For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” Luke 19:10
How would Jesus save the lost? The answer was not through his birth, but by his death.
“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour” John 12:27
Mary was soon to learn that this unusual birth would be bittersweet. A sword would pierce her own soul too (Lk 2:35).
Advents call waits for Easters call. They are calling at each other.
‘Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you’ hangs in the air and echoes throughout a shortened life to a victorious shout that shakes heaven and earth, ‘It is finished!’
Unlike David and unlike my family friend and all of us, the purpose of Jesus life, the reason for him being born was not realised at his death. The purpose of him being born was his death.
So doesn’t that mean if we have been to the cross then we kneel with a greater sense of worship at the manger scene this year? It must do.
And what can we say as we kneel there, but “O come let us adore him” and in that place of worship “what can I give him?”, it has to be “Give my heart”.