Second Advent Reflection
Reflection on the Incarnation
John Calvin, Institutes, II.12.1 (1536)
It deeply concerned us that He who was to
be our Mediator should be very God
and very man… For who could reach to Him?
Could any of the sons of Adam?
All of them, with their parents,
shuddered at the sight of God.
Could any of the angels? No!
The case was certainly desperate,
if the Godhead itself did not descend to us,
it being impossible for us to ascend.
Thus the Son of God behooved to become our Emmanuel,
the God with us.
Hymn: “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
“Waiting for the consolation of Israel” Luke 2:25
Charles Wesley, 1744
Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us;
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of ev’ry nation,
Joy of every longing heart.
Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child, and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious Kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all-sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.