Matthew 1:16 “And Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.”
John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Matthew talked about the generations from Abraham to David to Jesus, how God was preparing the way with remarkable people. Reflecting on this, this line of descendants, the identity of Christ, is also part of who we are. John talked about God becoming flesh, and between the two Scriptures we see God in Christ, God incarnate, God becomes flesh without disconnecting from our DNA. There is a connection between God and God becoming one of us, that is humankind. It’s almost like we are grafted into God and God is grafted into us. The way that Paul talked about the Olive Tree and the branches, and the Israelites were the branches, and the Gentiles being grafted into the Olive Tree. That’s us. God became one of us so that we might become a new creation in Christ. Matthew is talking about Joseph and Mary, mother of the Christ. Christ is God the Son, and in this Matthew shows Christ’s divinity, but also his humanity. He came as a baby, fragile, almost a fugitive, the way he started.
What God is telling us is that there is room for everyone in His Heart. This baby that brings so much joy, peace, love, and hope to us, is the same baby that went to the cross to die for our sins. How wonderful it would be if we could think every day about this baby who brings all those attributes, all that love, hope, peace and joy but we get so distracted. Not just today, but in every generation. How do we influence our children, and our children’s children, so that we too can see the Christ child, they too can know Jesus, that they can be connected with the real meaning of Christmas. When sometimes children don’t know what a Manger means, then how do we get the story across? How do we connect our children with Christmas, with the baby Jesus?
My prayer is that in the New Year we’ll be able to share the real reason for Christmas, and know together the Lord as our Saviour, our teacher, our friend.
I wish you a very blessed Christmas and may 2018 be filled with happiness and peace.
Minister of Bulimba Uniting Church