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Remember Remember the 25th of December…

December 6, 2016

December – the month of baubles, turkeys and frantic hall-decking… Or maybe the month of spending half your annual income on presents for spouses, children, grandchildren and aunt Flossie?

Or is it the month when we remember that the Creator of the universe stepped into creation and joined his struggling human creatures in their losing battle against sin and evil?

Why so narrow-minded, I hear you say – it could easily be all of the above! And that is of course true. I have to confess that I like tinsel and our special Anglo-Swedish Christmas dinner; I’m not so thrilled by the prospect of buying presents, but we usually have a good time opening them anyway. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of celebrating – as long as we know what it is we’re celebrating!

And what we’re celebrating is nothing short of scandalous. God the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no human being can see, the holy Judge of all creation, steps into time and space to share our humanity. But not in the way an earthly potentate might deign to enquire into his subjects’ lives for a minute or two. When God becomes human, he really goes for it:

He chooses an occupied country and an oppressed race, which he had prepared for centuries but which still seemed exceptionally unprepared. He chooses an unmarried teenage girl to become pregnant and give birth to him – despite all the rumours, accusations and heartache that would inevitably follow. He chooses an ordinary village craftsman to be his step-father and bring him up as a manual worker. He chooses a motley band of followers, while upsetting the establishment on a regular basis. He chooses to die for us unworthy sinners – brutally executed by the Roman army supported by the religious leaders.

Is that what we would expect God to do? No way! But praise the Lord, he doesn’t normally do what we expect. He has a different perspective, and he knows what he wants to achieve: a redeemed humanity, set free from sin and death in order to live in eternal fellowship with him.

Mild he lays his glory by; born that man no more may die;
born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.

Whatever your Christmas traditions, that is what we will be celebrating, this December and throughout eternity!

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