Christmas: it’s a time of year that captures our imaginations with nostalgia, with hope, and with anticipation. Too many of us invest so much energy into making Christmas special that we may miss the very thing that made it special from the beginning.
The story we live out at Christmas ought to reflect the story lived out by the angels, the Magi, the shepherds, and Mary and Joseph, a story where meaning and value were completely re-imagined in light of what God was doing in the birth of his Son. Rather than finding meaning or value in stuff and parties and the overindulgence of our modern experience of Christmas, the ancient story of the coming of Jesus draws us into another way: the way of passionate worship, the way of generous sacrifice, the way of authentic relationships, and the way of vulnerable love. These were the aspects of Christmas that the earliest Christians found special:
Though Jesus was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. (Philippians 2:6-7)
You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)
The earliest Christians understood that this story, the story of God becoming human, the story of unbounded love being given away freely, indiscriminately, could change the world.
This Christmas, join us at Johns Creek United Methodist Church as we seek to redirect our hearts to this story that can still change the world.