When the Magi approached Bethlehem on the first Advent, they weren’t simply chasing a star or seeking a fabled king. They were following a Spirit of hope out of a longing to behold the Incarnation of love. For them, a thousand distant stars radiated with a single imminent Day. A Day of exodus from darkness. A Day of entrance into the light of full inheritance. A Day where all people would be free to forever worship as the unashamed, unabashed, undivided daughters and sons of the Living God. And the Magi found what they sought. The Spirit led them to the Messiah, to Jesus, the first and last light of God’s world set aright.
This season, we too are invited to inhabit the story of Advent. To seek the truth of longing for dawn. To stand firm in the security of hope within trial. To revel in the freedom of redemptive love. To incarnate the power of childlike wonder. In Christ, the long night is ending. Death, sin and idolatry – these shadowland tyrants have been exposed as frauds. The kingdom of heaven is at hand, and the Lord Himself will free the world to worship God in the enlivening light of a never-ending day.