What do you long for this Christmas? Do you have a deep yearning for a solution to the world’s — and especially your own — problems? Let’s think about God’s already-given, Christmas-time answer to our problem (from which all residual problems stem).
Remember that God is transcendent (separate and not dependent on us or creation for anything). And because He’s transcendent and eternally self-sufficient, His choice, unfolded for us that first Christmas, seems unfathomable:
“This is the solution to the world’s problems? A lowly lamb? A weak, submissive sheep? Precisely. The answer to man’s problems is the Lamb of God — Jesus Christ. The Lion-Lamb. The Sovereign Savior. What a combination of meekness and Majesty!” (Steven J. Lawson)
…your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey … His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Zechariah 9:9-10)
When I think about the Lion-Lamb, sent to rescue us, extending His rule to the ends of the earth, my yearning transforms. I begin to long for the exaltation of the Sovereign Savior, for the fulfillment of the Father’s plan:
When we look into the face of our Lord and he looks back at us with infinite love, we will see in him the fulfillment of everything that we know to be good and right and desirable in the universe. In the face of God we will see the fulfillment of all the longing we have ever had to know perfect love, peace, and joy, and to know truth and justice, holiness and wisdom, goodness and power, and glory and beauty. (Wayne Grudem)
We begin to realize our desire at Christmas (and all other days), which we misinterpret as a longing for an end to our problems, is actually for Christ.
Desire is a signpost pointing to Heaven. Every longing for better health is a longing for the perfect bodies we’ll have on the New Earth. Every longing for romance is a longing for the ultimate romance with Christ. Every thirst for beauty is a thirst for Christ. Every taste of joy is but a foretaste of a greater and more vibrant joy than can be found on Earth now. (Randy Alcorn)
Jesus, The One you really long for, came as Lamb that first Christmas, but will come again as King and Lord of all.
Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. And the one sitting on the horse was named Faithful and True. For he judges fairly and then goes to war. His eyes were bright like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him, and only he knew what it meant. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword, and with it he struck down the nations. He ruled them with an iron rod, and he trod the winepress of the fierce wrath of almighty God. On his robe and thigh was written this title: King of kings and Lord of lords.
… the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. (Isaiah 60:19-20)
This Christmas, let’s stand in awe at God’s unfolding plan. And as we do, remember with me that all our deepest longings are really for Him.