“To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Christ, the Lord.” Luke 2:11
In this simple yet glorious event in the history of humanity we find from God a promise, a hope and a call. The birth of Jesus is a promise that God is with us always, in all places and at all times. In that promise all human life, indeed the entire creation, is declared holy. This birth shapes how we are to live as a citizen of the earth.
Like the shepherds, we discover hope in the stable. As we worship the Christ in the food-dish of the animals, we find a new kind of love. The fulfillment of that love is a self-offering which comes from God’s initiative and not our own. This birth invites us to find our confidence in God.
The call of the Messiah’s crib is then to participate with God in the renewal of the creation that God loves so dearly, including all God’s people, respecting the dignity of every human being. This way is one of peace, reconciliation and thanksgiving. This birth is a light to the nations to be bearers of God’s justice.
May this Christmas celebration be one in which we rejoice in the One who made us and find ourselves able again to hear the heavenly chorus singing for the delight of all.
In Christ, Emmanuel,