How many of us see in the Advent story, striking beauty? Beauty is inherent in God and all that God does. We see it everywhere, even in this fallen world, and we are drawn to it, even though it can be impacted negatively by us humans in our sin. And we find beauty in the Story of God in Scripture, messy as that story is, in a fallen world of fallen, sinful humans. From both Matthew and Luke's account of the nativity, to John's words about it- we see a beauty that is of God.
What is beautiful to us? Certainly nature is, or God's good creation. And God's new creation in remaking sinful humanity in Jesus is beautiful as well. We see beauty worked out into the lives of Mary and Joseph, and changing the lives of others for this same kind of beauty, to this day. This beauty we find in and through the baby boy, Jesus. The God-human Jesus.
This beauty in Jesus we together begin to participate in, by faith. It's a beauty that puts "the world" to shame- in all its glitz and glamor. A beauty in which we must live, in Jesus, and persist, so that others along with us can share in it.
But why is this beautiful? Why is the story of Jesus beautiful even to non Christians? What makes this story along with the Story of God we find in all of Scripture beautiful to us who are in Jesus as God's redeemed people? What does it look like before us, and in our own lives?
What do you see as beautiful in this and in relation to Advent?