Comparisons. We all do them. Whether cars, sports teams, high school accomplishments, promotions at works, sneakers, horsepower on my engine, the act of comparing make us feel better about ourselves when the time comes. Our human accomplishments seem to fade when shifting from the physical to the spiritual. Even with physical feats of strength and speed diminish quickly over the ever-expanding birthdays as they happen to us. We need help. Our bodies are fading. Our eyes are dimming. We need strength. All of us need light to see; all need more light to see. We quickly come to the end of our ropes in the comparison game.
Our cry, when all else fells, is that we need something “matchless.” Matchless? Through all the comparisons of life, our life by itself breaks down. We are on the bad side of the comparison. The losing side. We need something matchless, or someone matchless to stand for us.
Advent is the arrival of a notable person or thing. We’ll say, “the advent of television.” It’s the inception of TV. The word advent securely points to one thing, Christ. It’s the birth of Christ. The weeks before we celebrate Christ’s birth, we celebrate the anticipation of what Christ brought through his birth. The first is HOPE. The second is LOVE. The third is JOY. The fourth is PEACE. CHRIST is the fifth week of advent and the epitome of all four themes. Christ gives us hope, love, joy, peace. Not only does He give these items to us—He gives them to us and they are MATCHLESS to any other items we could experience from the world and on our own. Christ is Matchless. The Hope for Him is matchless. His love, joy, and peace are all matchless to whatever the world could possibly promise us. Matchless. He is beyond compare.
Through this holiday season of 2018, enjoy the sights and sounds of our capitalism, but don’t sacrifice the matchless qualities that only Jesus can bring to our lives. Let Jesus stand for you. Without Him, the Bible says you can do nothing (John 15:1-5). You’ll lose the game of comparisons at some point. Trust in Christ and Christ alone. Jesus is matchless now and matchless forever.
For we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you. Indeed, everything is for your benefit so that, as grace extends through more and more people, it may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God. Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. [2Co 4:14-18 CSB]