Salt & Light is featuring excerpts from various sources each week this December to share a taste of fresh perspectives on the familiar accounts about the coming of Jesus Christ.

The coming of Christ was birthed in God's mercy. Christ's sacrifice on the cross was the fulfilment of mercy - mercy for each and everyone of us.

…it is good for us that Christ came on behalf of the truth of God, because the essence of the mercy he promised was himself.

It is good for us that Christ came on behalf of the truth of God, because his coming this way shows that God is true first and foremost to himself, and he confirms the promises of God, and that the promises are of mercy, and he shows that the essence of the mercy he promised is himself.

This is the meaning of his coming. This is the meaning of Christmas. Oh, that God would waken your heart to your deep need for mercy as a sinner! And then ravish your heart with a great Savior, Jesus Christ. And then release your tongue to praise him and your hands to make his mercy shine in yours.

John Piper, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent (Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2014)

As Piper exhorts, once we have fully received, fully appropriated the depth of God's mercy, it is a gift for us to share.

Keeper of the Secrets

Gracious God,
keeper of the secrets of
creation,
visit us through the cry of
need,
the unforeseen stranger,
the unexpected guest,
that we might be ready for
the coming of Christ
in the midst of life,
at the end of life,
and at the end of time.
Amen.

Brian Wren, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany: Liturgies and Prayers for Public Worship (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008)

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