In this Season of Christmas (yes, season! Christmas is 12 days from Christmas Day to Jan 6th Ephiphany), I hope you find the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love of Christ. This has been a challenging year because of COVID. It has been a rollercoaster of emotion. It also has been challenging in a multitude of ways. I am truly grateful for all the people in my life that have helped me get through all of it.
At Christmas, we celebrate the mystery of the Incarnation. It truly is a mystery that God would want to be among us considering how sinful and awful we are (just look at this year). And Yet,
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.John 3:16-18
Christmas is about remembering the event of God coming to us in the person of Jesus Christ, which happened over 2000 years ago. We also look back at what has happened as we begin a new calendar year. This year has been filled with many newsworthy moments, unprecedented things, and rare events. From the pandemic, scandals, an election, and the stars and planets aligning. Despite all these things, we will most likely forget some of them or move on to the next thing to grab our attention. However, the mystery of Christ’s birth, his life, his death, and Resurrection remains Good News some 2000 years later. That Christ came to a sinful and awful world. So good in fact we celebrate it every year, throughout the year. We celebrate the foretelling of the Good News of Jesus during Advent. We celebrate Jesus’ birth at Christmas. We celebrate his life, his baptism, and his ministry during Epiphany and Lent. We remember his death on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. We celebrate God’s continued presence and life in Christ’s Church during Pentecost. As Christians, we celebrate the Mystery of Christ each and every day because Jesus is Good News! Let us respond with Joy this Christmas, and let us respond each and every day with the Good News that we find in Jesus. God is with us! Go Tell It on the Mountain. Amen.