So this is Christmas – Jim Trick
Here is my standard disclaimer…
You are hard line atheists and far right leaning evangelical Christians and everything in between. You are gay and straight, folk and classical, so on and so forth… More importantly, you’re my friends. So I’m gonna talk about Jesus for a minute and I want you to get the chance to tune out if this aint your jam.
Christmas, here’s the deal.
I don’t care about whether or not December 25th was the actual date that Jesus was born on.
I am 100% ok with the Christmas traditions we enjoy coming from so called “pagan” origins.
I’m also cool with “X-mas” and my guess is that Jesus is as well. (Do your homework on this and I bet it won’t bother you either)
We have soooo commercialized Christianity. I’m not surprised with what we’ve done to Christmas.
Poor ol Christmas…
Here are a couple key, points that might be helpful in understanding what Christians believe about Christmas.
Yes, I TOTALLY get how nuts all of this sounds…
We believe that Jesus is God. I would use the term “God the son” to clarify his place inside the whole God thing.
The Father and the Spirit LOVE being with the Son, but the Son has work to do, so….
Jesus lowers himself and takes on a body. This is called the “incarnation”.
I’m not sure how many Scrabble points that word would be worth, but your friends would be so impressed!
The incarnation is basically Christmas.
In the first chunk of the book (the Old Testament) prophets had a lot to say about Jesus. How he’d show up, what he’d do and so on.
That’s where we get the virgin birth and a bunch of stuff that you’ve heard about but have been like “what’s up with that?”.
At the core of Christmas is God basically saying I love you enough to become like you, so that you can know me and we can hang out together the way the three of us (Father, Spirit & Son) have been hanging throughout eternity.
Their space is chalked full of love, peace, unity and purpose.
Ok…. so no, I’m not jumping ahead to Easter.
If this is the core of Christmas then I will close with a couple questions.
What would it look like for you to leave your comfort for the sake of someone else’s comfort?
Today what would it look like for you become like someone else so that you could love them better?
Do you spend more time lamenting the love you lack than you do looking for people to love and care for?
Here’s a huge, one sentence prayer that you can offer up.
“God, help me to see Your love for me in the Christmas story and help me to better love all who come my way. Amen”
Love you guys so much.