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Bonhoeffer, Week 1: “Christ Is Standing at the Door” in Advent

posted by Jana Riess

As I did last year, I’m going to spend Wednesdays during Advent posting snippets from a devotional I compiled from some of the writings and sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Today, he preaches about the challenges of waiting for Jesus . . . and the many ways in which we fail to recognize him when he does come. –JKR

 

Advent Week 1

Jesus stands at the door knocking (Rev. 3:20). In total reality, he comes in the form of the beggar, of the dissolute human child in ragged clothes, asking for help. He confronts you in every person that you meet. As long as there are people, Christ will walk the earth as your neighbor, as the one through whom God calls you, speaks to you, makes demands on you. That is the great seriousness and great blessedness of the Advent message. Christ is standing at the door; he lives in the form of a human being among us. Do you want to close the door or open it?

It may strike us as strange to see Christ in such a near face, but he said it, and those who withdraw from the serious reality of the Advent message cannot talk of the coming of Christ in their heart, either. . . .

Christ is knocking. It’s still not Christmas, but it’s also still not the great last Advent, the last coming of Christ. Through all the Advents of our life that we celebrate runs the longing for the last Advent, when the word will be: “See, I am making all things new” (Rev. 21:5).

The Advent season is a season of waiting, but our whole life is an Advent season, that is, a season of waiting for the last Advent, for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer



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chris

posted November 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm


“He lives in the form of a human being among us.”

What I love about this statement from an LDS perspective is that we really do teach that as joint heirs any one of those among us can be elevated to Christ’s level. I realize that is blasphemy to a certain extent to some, and I don’t suggest we can replace Christ or never need him, but that what makes grace so amazing is what he went through in order to life us up to his level and receive all he has.

It really is a life and behavior altering thing, at every facet of life to realize the people around me are children of God and can therefore “grow up”, in Christ, to reach that same level some day.

So if you want to serve God, a good place to start is to serve a God in embryo.



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