Date: Thursday, December 5
Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-4
Verse: He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. (Hebrews 1:3a)
Have you ever tried to describe an old friend to someone whom they’ve never met? You might describe what they look like. A couple of stories about things you did together might help. Maybe you would even share some things the other is passionate about. In the end you may find yourself frustrated, finding it difficult to fully capture the essence of another simply by description. In exasperation, most of these conversations tend to end with, “I should really introduce you to her,” or “I really wish you could have met him.” There is just no substitute for first hand experience in order to know another person.
At Christmas we celebrate God’s willingness to come and be introduced to us in the person of Jesus. For ages, the author of Hebrews tells us, God sent messengers, but now he has sent us his son who is “the exact imprint of God’s very being.” He did not come in power and majesty. He did not come to the elite and powerful. He did not come to the particularly religious and worthy. Instead he came to poor parents, in a nondescript part of town, outside of the religious center of Jerusalem. He was followed by fishermen, tax collectors, and women who had struggles of their own. He came so all of us might know him – not just know about him, but actually know him.
As we prepare to kneel at the manger this Christmas, we come not just for the cuteness of this rustic scene of a baby lying in the hay. Instead we come to celebrate the inexplicable love of the God of the Universe choosing to enter into the world he created to allow us to get to know him. This Christmas may we marvel at the true gift – God giving himself to you and to me.
Prayer: Thank you God for the gift of yourself. Amen.
Action: Plan to make one of those introductions you’ve talked about – bringing old and new friends together this Christmas.
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