Friday, First Week of Advent
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. – John 1:9-11
‘Tis the season… and many have begun to deck the halls, sing the songs, trim the trees, burn the candles, and hang the lights and the wreaths in celebration of Christmas. What if we were to RAISE the cross, top it with a star, and celebrate Christ Jesus from start to finish offering good tidings and cheer in the spirit of Christmas?
As we joyfully celebrate the birth of Christ, we honor God’s great love and God’s supreme gift to humanity. We celebrate Christmas filled with wonder and awe realizing that the miraculous birth of Jesus marks the onset of the ultimate rescue mission. We sing “Hallelujah” because Jesus was born with a purpose fulfilled! How different the remembrance would be without the victorious fulfillment of the divine destiny of Jesus. Jesus was born to live, then lived to die and be raised to live again, so that we might live eternally in God’s glory according to God’s desire for all humanity.
So, as we behold the Christmas tree, might we consider the bond between the traditional star-topped Christmas tree and the thorny crowned cross? Side by side they create a symbolic epitaph honoring the full life spectrum of this Jesus we herald in celebration. Jesus was born specifically for the cross so that WE might LIVE triumphant as God intended for humanity. In remembering the cross and the power of the work on the cross as the bona fide reason for the season, we embrace the entire life of Christ - God’s greatest gift of life to humanity.
Merry Christmas blessings to you as you celebrate, receive, embrace, and cherish this most precious gift of Jesus!
Adjunct Chaplain for Multicultural Communities