If there is one thing we learn from observing the biblical narrative from start to finish, it’s this: God never really tells a story in a straight line. He loves unexpected twists, turns and ironies. He loves to confound the wisdom of the wise. He loves to do the big things with the little things.
- Image bearers coming from dust
- Helpmates coming from ribs
- The youngest sheepherder in a little known family in the lowest tribe becoming king
- Barren women bearing nations
- Persecutors becoming preachers
- Mustard seeds becoming trees that fill the sky
- Wolves dwelling with lambs
- Crooked places becoming straight
- The high brought low and the humble elevated
God invented the plot twist.
The advent of Christ is the manifestation, the incarnation of God’s way in the midst of man’s way. In the garden, God laid before man Truth, Goodness, Beauty and Life. When he fell, man did not stop seeking Truth, Goodness, Beauty and Life. It’s just that he redefined (that is, he mis-defined) Truth Goodness, Beauty and Life. As fallen man, he called false things “True,” bad things “Good,” ugly things “Beautiful,” and he called death “Life”…and vice versa.
So now man walks through life looking and living completely upside down.
Enter Jesus of Nazareth.
Here we have the second Adam, a man who is sinless. He lives the Godward life. His compass is set to “true north.”
It got him killed.
He would eventually be crucified as, of all things, a blasphemer…a lawbreaker. The one who kept every jot and tittle of the law, would be punished as a lawbreaker.
Twists and turns don’t end here.
This Lawbreaker would die, and in so doing would (you guessed it) live forever. This act, according to the Lawbreaker makes everything new. It turns death in on itself so its teeth are broken, its sting removed and its victory revoked. Come to find out, dying kills death! Laying down one’s life is how one saves it.
So, in this world turned upside down, we are made to see aright. We are told to “repent” (that is, to turn around) and “die,” which is actually living because everything we’ve been taught in our messed up, twisted world was wrong.
A little child has led us. He teaches us a different way of looking at the world, thinking about the world and living in the world. He shows us right side up.
Around the table, talk about what living a “Godward life” looks like…and what it may cost.
Advent Readings for Week 4
|Sunday, December 21||Isaiah 11:1–10|
|Monday, December 22||Zephaniah 3:14– 7|
|Tuesday, December 23||Matthew 1:18–25|
|Wednesday, December 24||Luke 2:8–20|
|Thursday, December 25||Matthew 4:14–16|
|Friday, December 26||Isaiah 2:1–5|
|Saturday, December 27||Luke 2:25–33|
Mr. Dell Cook teaches Theology and Apologetics. He holds a B.S. from Appalachian State University, a M.Div from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Th.M. from Reformed Theological Seminary. Mr. Cook has served at CCS since 2000 teaching 4th grade, Old and New Testament, Theology, Apologetics, Church History, Hebrew, Greek, and Hermeneutics. He has served as Director of Athletics and coached girls’ basketball, middle school golf, junior varsity and varsity football, and from 2012 to 2018 he served as Headmaster. Mr. Cook serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Classical and Christian Schools as well as the Academic Advisory Board for the Classical Learning Test. He and his wife Ginny have three children: two are graduates of CCS, and the third is a current student.