Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Advent Reflection #16

We think of God as the Great Giver, but He is also the Great Receiver.  He receives us, our praise, our worship, our needs, our feeble faith and feeble works done in feeble faith, and our selves.  There is an art to receiving as well as to giving, and it is common and easy for us to miss them both.

I am reading John's birth account (there isn't one, really).  It's the prebirth, and the meaing, and it is beautiful, especially in the old KJV.  You can't accept the narratives of Luke without accepting the analysis of John.  "He was in the world, and world did knot know Him."  As the old spiritual puts it, "We didn't know who you was."  "Forgive them, for they know not what they do." 

The "light" of John's gospel is prefigured by a star, a natural generator of light, so it is interesting that God included the star in the narrative in Luke.  In verse 11, John says "he came into his own, the Jews, and his own received him not" (some did, a remnant, but not all as they should have), "but to as many as received him, to them (Gentiles and Jews) he gave the  authority to become the children of God, even to those who believe in His name."

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