On this Christmas Day, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the reason we celebrate:
God came to us.
He met us in our sin, in our brokenness and crossed the great distance between us to step into our world. But He didn’t come as a powerful king on a throne or a general with soldiers and power. He came as a vulnerable baby to be with us, to rescue us. He stepped down from His throne of power to become a helpless infant, dependent on his earthly parents for survival. He grew up as a boy, cared for and loved by His human parents. And He grew into a Man who led by example with great humility and compassion, ultimately sacrificing Himself so we may come close to our Father again.
He triumphed over every temptation faced by people. He avoided all opportunities for sin. He associated with the weak, the outcast, and the immoral, pulling them close, healing their hearts and bodies.
He challenged human ideas about power, wealth, and status. He turned our worldly ideas upside-down. He was so feared by the religious elite, the wealthy, and the ruling class that they murdered Him.
Jesus is a Lover of souls, a Healer of hearts, and the Way back to God. Christmas means God is with us. No matter where we are or what situations we’re facing, Jesus is close to us. He walks with us through every failure, every rebellion, and pulls us back to Love.
This Christmas, let us draw near to God and to each other. Let us live in gratitude by His example. May we be found with those on the underside of justice, bringing the Light into the darkness.
I pray the assurance of God’s Presence rests upon your heart today and every day as you move forward into the new year.
“the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).”Isaiah 7:14
Grace and peace,