The Second Sunday of Advent
Jesus Christ is the Light of the world;
He has made known to us the wonder of God’s glory,
a glory full of grace and truth.
Consider well the sanctuary,
that you may tell the next generation
that this is our God forever and ever.
(Paraphrase of Psalm 48:13-14).
Our new church building was designed not only in light of ministry needs, but also in light of the truths of rich gospel theology. And there is no better place to see this theology than in the new sanctuary. Let me point out briefly seven ways the sanctuary visually declares truth about God.
The repetition of threes: triplets are everywhere. You can find them in the window groupings, or up among the support beams in the overhead spans. Our God is one, our God is three: Father, Son, and Spirit.
The abundance of light: the many windows let in natural light, a design choice to point us to the Creator who spoke, “let there be light.”
The unavoidable cross: you cannot miss the cross when you enter the sanctuary. And rightly so, for the cross of Jesus Christ is, of all God’s glories, the clearest explanation of who He is. “Amazing love, how can it be, that Thou, my God, would die for me!”
The strong circle: with so many vertical and horizontal lines, the circle at the center of the cross stands out. Just as a circle never ends, so the one true God is God “forever and ever.”
A multitude of hanging lights: if you want to have some fun, count all the lights on all the chandeliers that come down from heights of up to sixty feet. They bring light down on high, just as the Covenant God brought the light of truth down to us through the many authors of Scripture.
The centrality of the pulpit: the Christian faith rests upon the gospel “once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). That is why Christ-centered preaching is essential to the people of God. The specially made pulpit reminds us of this.
The open platform: with the resurrection of the Messiah and the beginning of his new age, there is no longer any special class of priests or holy people. All are welcomed into the presence of God, individually and as a community of faith.