How Jesus Enters My Life (Advent) - Friday, December 29

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How Jesus Enters My Life (Advent) - Friday, December 29

"Suffer the little children to come unto me; and forbid them not."
Mark 10:14 (KJV)

There we were, in the front of the church, standing at the font: my son-in-law, daughter, and grandson. I could hardly hold back the tears of joy. Here I am, looking into the eyes of my children, charging them to raise this little one in the faith. Here I am, holding my grandson in my arms, pouring over his head the water and the Word. “ I baptize you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

I was thinking back to the time when the Lord had radically entered my family system through my life. I didn’t know it at the time. It seemed as though He had come for me. He appeared, having obtained the forgiveness of my sins. For the first time in my life, I had peace with God. But that wasn’t the end, only the beginning.

Like adding a new member to the family, it changed the dynamics of my family. Wherever Jesus appeared, miracles happened. The blind would see, the deaf would hear, the dead sprang to life, and it would be no different in our family. My daughter was swept into the Kingdom as she saw the Christ in me. Her husband heard the Gospel and, through his faith, became a son of God.

And here, again, this morning, radically entering into our family through my grandson. We were bringing this child to Jesus, or rather Jesus was bringing this child to Himself, in the waters of Baptism. I could hear the Word, “ The Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

Oh, how thankful I am that He became incarnate of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and was made man. He appeared, radically entering the family systems of the human race. And together my family is awaiting His second advent.

Truly, Lord, there is no life apart from you. I am so thankful for the life of your Son, Jesus Christ, and the life and light He has brought to our families. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Rev. David Sternbeck (Nuu-chah-nulth)
Fairbanks, Alaska