Our Advent series this year is called The Songs of Christmas. Each week we will feature a different carol, and peel back the layers of beauty and meaning as we rediscover the joy of Christmas.
This week we talked about O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. This carol is unique in its emphasis of the names and virtues of Jesus. Notice verse 2, which refers to him as Wisdom…
O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
and order all things far and nigh;
to us the path of knowledge show;
and cause us in her ways to go.
Notice the word Wisdom is capitalized because it’s a proper noun. Jesus is the personification of the wisdom of God. In his wisdom he will order this world, he will show us the path, and he will lead us through it. This idea comes from I Corinthians 1:24.
I Corinthians 1:18-24
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
How does this passage contrast wisdom and foolishness? What does it mean that the message of the cross is foolishness to the perishing? Why is it so important that we preach Christ crucified? What does it mean that Jesus is the wisdom of God?
God of wisdom, the cross truly is foolishness to the world. Unbelievers mock what they do not understand. So I need your help, Lord, not only for faith but also courage, to believe in the face of an unbelieving world. I pray through Jesus Christ. Amen.