She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because
there was no place for them in the guestroom.
Luke 2:7 CEB
Jesus was not what most folks expected. When you think about God, adjectives like powerful, majestic, and almighty tend to come to mind. But Jesus did not come to the earth with an air of worldly wealth or majestic power. On the contrary, everything about Jesus’ life stood in stark contrast to worldly priorities and values. He arrived on the scene not in strength but in weakness. He was born a Palestinian Jew, into a community of marginalized, oppressed people, spending his early years as a refugee in Africa, eluding political genocide. His formative years were spent in a nondescript village, as a member of an ordinary working-class family.
As a man, he lived in tension with the organized religious system. He resisted the world’s obsessions with wealth, pleasure, power, and recognition. He identified with the weak and powerless, the widow and the orphan. He did not condemn, but defended the sinner. So what does God look like? Like Jesus! Jesus was the embodiment of God’s values and priorities. He was Immanuel, “God with us.” In Jesus, we see not only the face of God but also the fullness of his humanity, who you and I are created to be. I can believe in a God who looks like Jesus.
from Christmas Is Not Your Birthday by Rev. Michael Slaughter of Ginghamsburg UMC
this Christmas day, take time to remember what we are really celebrating
– the birth on our Savior. Spend some time with this Jesus, who came to love you
and to show you the way. Follow the star that leads to Him.
Make this Christmas about the most important gift that was given to YOU
and worship Him with thanksgiving.
Then take the life of Jesus as an example for your own.
Have a blessed Christmas.