“…and laid him in the manger, because there was no place for him in the inn.”
Luke 2:7 ESV
Few would script the coming of the world’s Savior in this way. It did not appear that the arrival of Christ exactly began with a bang. Isaiah tells us in chapter 45, verse 15, that “Truly, you are a God who hides yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior.” (What an unlikely verse for a Christmas letter!) We would prefer something more obvious. However, this is how God chose to reveal himself to us, and as always, he does so on his terms—not ours.
Perhaps this is why some tend to doubt God’s presence in the difficulties and even the mundane dailiness of their lives. There are moments when we are not so sure the Bible understands the human person. So we look for meaning, satisfaction, and solutions from other sources.
Yet God did reveal himself in the coming of Jesus—good news for those who wait, those who seek. With Christ, God’s salvation came in its fullness. He came to set things right. He came to us not only to forgive, but to restore and sustain us. In coming, Christ entered humanity in the fullest sense. Therefore there is not a single part of our existence or experience that he does not understand.
This is the reason our counseling practice continues to be based on a biblical foundation. I believe that must be the starting point for seeking understanding and solutions. Christ is the basis for any realistic hope of restoring the life disordered by sin. This is reason enough to look to him in hope and to celebrate a very