Maybe those shepherds, the wise men, Mary and Joseph, would take the baby in their arms and try to imagine what kind of Saviour he would be.
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands…” 1 John 1:1-2
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth”. John 1:14
Incarnation is one of the most striking aspects of the Christmas story. In these days when we keep hearing of infections, restrictions and uncertainty, the temptation is to become entrenched in 'distance': to reduce our contact with other people, to devote most of our thoughts to our priorities, to reinforce our comfort zone...
But Christmas reminds us that God came to be with us. He came near, he came to look us in the eye. During his time of ministry, Jesus related both to the crowds who followed him and to the close group of disciples he called to get to know him closely. And because he was close to the Father, he did not fall into the trap of putting his mission on hold. He went to the great city to suffer (in his body) the punishment we deserved and took our place even though it cost him everything.
On the day he was born, those shepherds, the wise men, Mary and Joseph... Maybe they would take the baby in their arms and try to imagine what kind of Saviour he would be. Surely they could not imagine how strong his commitment to humanity would be. Nor that God himself would break through every barrier with his grace and truth.
On this still strange Christmas, we give thanks for God's incarnation. Thank you, Jesus, that you came in person to save us.
We wish all of you a wonderful Christmas time!