Sure, it’s that time of year for Christians to celebrate Advent and with Christmas around the corner, we may be particularly sensitive to wanting to put Christ back in “Christmas”. I get it. But what does that really mean? What does it mean to celebrate Christ’s birth?
Let me put it as plainly as possible.
God so loved the world, He gave up something of Himself to us, to save us from our own wrongdoings and from our own worst selves and dark sides and sins. God gave something of Himself so that we all could fix our relationships with Him and each other. God gave us a light at the end of a tunnel of misery and hopelessness and despair that seemed to stretch on with no hope for happiness in sight. God granted us a huge second chance and making things right.
But that’s not all, really. God entrusted Joseph and Mary and we may as well say all of humanity with the care and nurturing of an infant Son of God. God put Himself out there and basically said, there is a part of me that needs to be loved and cared for and nurtured and protected. I choose you to love and protect me. Is there someone among humanity willing and able to welcome me in and nurture me in their home and family?
Joseph and Mary stepped up and said yes. In return, they received a child named, “God is with us”– Jesus. “God saves us” Emmanuel. And this child they were responsible for caring and nourishing, sheltering, clothing, and educating… in turn rises to become the Savior of humanity. The Messiah who offers to lead us out of spiritual sleep and spiritual death.
Come Christmas, each year, we may be asking ourselves,. are we willing to accept Jesus? Are we willing to step up and nurture and nourish the spirit of Jesus in our homes and families? Are we willing to take God in and love Him as much as He is willing to love us?
Something to think about.