Tom officiating his son, Zach's, wedding
"Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord GOD, and not rather that they should turn from their ways and live?" (Ezekiel 18:23)
"Say to them, As I live, says the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?" (Ezekiel 33:11)
These verses are probably not your "go to" scriptures when it comes to Christmas and Advent. But maybe those verses deserve a second glance in this season where
we remember that God took on flesh,
we know that LORD is present to us through the Holy Spirit,
and we look forward to the return of Jesus Christ.
God's interest, or perhaps better, God's pleasure is that all of us should live. That is why Jesus hangs out with sex workers and traitors (a.k.a. tax collectors) so that they might know life. That is why Jesus offers grace to the woman caught in adultery so that she can live and sin no more. That is why Jesus touches lepers and even brings people back to life.
It is also why Jesus dies for us, all of us. So that he might give us life. It is why Jesus is raised for us, so that the generous reign of our Lord might be proclaimed.
God's pleasure is that we should live.
Blessings to you and your family during this advent season,