God is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. Therefore our final reading in celebration of Messiah’s advent takes us from the opening scene of a straw-filled manger in Bethlehem to the closing scene of a rough and bloody cross outside Jerusalem.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
The second person of the Trinity descended from halls of splendor to walls of poverty not for His own benefit, but to make a way for others. Christ is not only the Sacrificial Lamb, He is our Redeeming Shepherd. Let us consider together the impact of His coming for the world in general and each of our lives in particular. Amen