From: Brittany Yeager
Mystery is a mysterious thing, is it not? As we settle into this Advent season, we are invited to ponder the mystery of God putting on flesh. This God, who created man in his image, now gives himself to us in our image.
From the moment I began reading today’s passage in Ephesians chapter 3, I was captivated by Paul’s insistence of the Jews and Gentiles being “fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise” given in Jesus Christ. This ethnic unity is described as “a mystery, hidden for ages in God who created all things” and it’s purpose is to proclaim the unsearchable, untraceable riches of Christ and manifold, or beautifully complex, wisdom of God.
We need not search far and wide to see how this unity is not realized in our world. We find ourselves in a time and space where one race or ethnic group declares superiority over another and calls it good and necessary. And yet, we know the true Gospel, the greatest mystery, to be that God put on flesh to dwell with us—and this flesh is not exclusive to those who look most like it. It is Love himself, fleshed in human likeness, reconciling us to God and, therefore, to one another.
This Advent, may Jesus find us continuing his mysterious work—putting on the flesh of those who are different than us and stewarding the grace of reconciliation. This is not an easy task, but we are invited into this eternal purpose by our gracious Lord who has not asked us to work at this alone, but rather in the power of his Spirit. Come, Lord Jesus.
I live in Arlington with my husband Jon and our daughter Ellie. We will complete the season of Advent and begin the celebration of Christmas in Texas this year.