THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
CHRISTMAS AND JOB
could not understand God. He had been blameless and upright
(Job 1:1) but he was severely afflicted. He had been just
in his ways but seemed to suffer injustice. He thus even demanded
that God answer him (Job 31:37b).
conceded that one truly could not understand God, and that
God did not have to explain Himself to anyone. “The
Almighty! we cannot discover him, pre-eminent in power and
judgment; his great justice owes no one an accounting.”
people still do not understand God. But rather than leading
them into trusting faith, many have gone the other way. Rather
than accepting the mysterious work of a Creator, people accept
the big bang theory of the universe and the theory of evolution
of the human species. Rather than embracing the cross,
people disdain and avoid suffering at all costs.
At some point in the history of humankind, God did reveal
Himself more clearly. Whereas before no one saw or talked
with God face to face, now they did. God revealed Himself
through His Son Jesus, as “in these last days, he spoke
to us through a son” (Heb 1:2a). In the mystery of the
Incarnation, God became man. “And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us” (Jn 1:14a). Jesus is
God, and in him we see the glory of the Almighty Father (Jn
1:14b). Jesus “is the refulgence of his glory, the very
imprint of his being” (Heb 1:3a).
glory of Jesus is that of the Creator-God. “All things
came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be.”
(Jn 1:3). God created and sustains the universe, and His work
is the work of Jesus, the Son “through whom he created
the universe” (Heb 1:2b), and “who sustains all
things by his mighty word” (Heb 1:3b).
Now the tragedy of the world is that even though God has already
revealed Himself in human form through Jesus, the world still
does not know Him and does not accept Him. “He was in
the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world
did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own
people did not accept him.” (Jn 1:10-11). The Creator-God
has come into the world, the Creator has dwelt among His creatures,
God has revealed Himself, but the world has been unmindful
urgency of the task today, as it has always been, is to make
God known. This is done through the work of evangelization,
which is proclaiming the good news of the coming of the Savior
Jesus into the world. This task is so important, is so critical,
that Isaiah exulted: “How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, announcing peace,
bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,
‘Your God is King!’” (Is 52:7).
the birth of Jesus, the Savior has come into the world. That
is good news! The shepherds who saw the new-born Jesus were
“glorifying and praising God for all they had heard
and seen” (Lk 2:20). Those who await consolation and
restoration should rejoice in Jesus. “Hark! Your watchmen
raise a cry, together they shout for joy, for they see directly,
before their eyes, the Lord restoring Zion.” (Is 52:8).
The world that is afflicted in darkness and sin should rejoice.
“Break out together in song, O ruins of Jerusalem! For
the Lord comforts his people, he redeems Jerusalem.”
has already revealed Himself. The Creator-God has dwelt among
us. Jesus has performed his mighty deeds for all to see. “The
Lord has bared his holy arm in the sight of all the nations”
(Is 52:10a). This is the good news that we need to proclaim.
We must work tirelessly, so that “all the ends of the
earth will behold the salvation of our God.” (Is 52:10b).
Prior to the coming of Jesus, no one had seen God. People
could try to understand God, and they could see, though imperfectly,
who God is. After God revealed Himself to Job, he said, “now
my eye has seen you.” (Job 42:5b).
to us God has been more intimately revealed. By Jesus. “No
one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s
side, has revealed him.” (Jn 1:18). Jesus is God. God
the Son has revealed God the Father. The two are one.
we have not only received revelation about God, but we actually
have seen God! In Jesus. “And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the
glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and
truth.” (Jn 1:14).
Jesus came into the world to win for us our salvation. This
is the ultimate victory over Satan, sin and darkness. Jesus
is the Savior of the world. Jesus’ “right hand
and holy arm have won the victory” (Ps 98:1b).
Jesus did for us on the cross is known to all. “The
Lord has made his victory known; has revealed his triumph
for the nations to see.” (Ps 98:2). It remains for the
world to appreciate what Jesus has done, and accept the salvation
that he has already won for us. Jesus’ sacrifice is
a manifestation of God’s great love for us and His faithfulness
to us (Ps 98:3a), according to His covenant. This is the good
news we need to continue to proclaim, to a world still steeped
in darkness and sin.
Savior has come into the world. Jesus has already won the
victory. We have been redeemed and restored. “All the
ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.”
(Ps 98:3b). May the whole world truly experience and live
out that victory.
We rejoice in such a God. “Sing a new song to the Lord,
who has done marvelous deeds” (Ps 98:1a). We worship
the Almighty God. This is our proper response and what is
pleasing to God.
Jesus was to be born, God decreed that the proper posture
was worship, and He commanded His angels to do so. “And
again, when he leads the first born into the world, he says:
‘Let all the angels of God worship him.’”
(Heb 1:6). This is exactly what happened at the birth of Jesus.
“And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly
host with the angel, praising God” (Lk 2:13).
The shepherds were “keeping the night watch” (Lk
2:8) when suddenly “the glory of the Lord shone around
them” (Lk 2:9). Jesus the Savior had been born. Now
“the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness
has not overcome it.” (Jn 1:5).
only Job had been there to witness the blessed event. We too
were not physically there at that time, but every Christmas
we do witness this blessed event.
we celebrate Christmas. Oh what a glorious mystery! O come
let us adore Jesus. And let us rejoice with all the angels
and saints in heaven.
“Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth; break into
song; sing praise. Sing praise to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song. With trumpets and the sound
of the horn shout with joy to the King, the Lord.” (Ps
 It was commonly held that affliction was punishment for
 The theory that the universe came out of some kind of
tremendous explosion of pure energy that happened billions
of years ago and resulted in the creation of the heavenly
 The theory that we evolved from lower species, and among
our ancestors are the apes.
 If ever the universe was formed out of a big bang, then
that was the work of God.
 And with Job too, who would be in heaven, if he was a
real historical character.
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