22202 Finding God in the mysteries of every day
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Hebrews 1:1-2 (The Message) Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. By his Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words! After he finished the sacrifice for sins, the Son took his honored place high in the heavens right alongside God, far higher than any angel in rank and rule. Did God ever say to an angel, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you” or “I’m his Father, he’s my Son”? When he presents his honored Son to the world, he says, “All angels must worship him.”
In these times many secular folk are befuddled by the whole Christmas thing. Brought up on Santa Claus and presents under a tree brought into the house to die while being lit up and festooned with gaudy decorations they just don’t seem to get what all the fuss is about. This year in particular in the area where I live I have only seen one outdoor creche, (That is a diorama of sorts of the manger scene from Luke 2.) and that at an Assemblies of God Church in a town not too far away from where I live.
Just to clarify, beyond all of the ridiculousness of what we call “the holidays”, lies the celebration of the fulfillment of prophecy in the birth (that is the incarnation) of Jesus who is the Christ (that is deliverer) of God. Everything else is just window dressing.
In all of Judea there were only a handful of people who were waiting expectantly for the birth of Jesus. Today, I wonder just how many people are awaiting with high hope for his return.