This isn’t how Christmas works

A long journey, leaving friends and family, paying way too much tax money, sleeping with sheep: this isn’t how Christmas is supposed to work. You sit around in pajamas by a nice fire with marshmallows melting in your hot chocolate before you open presents. Am I right? What’s this about being a wanted man before the age of two? Revolution? Leading a country to war? No way.

And God – all-powerful, all-knowing…He can’t dirty diapers and have an umbilical cord!

Christmas makes no sense. If it is a birthday, I tend to forget the guest of honor. If it is the celebration of a revolution it has stayed very quiet…expanding but not in overt world power. If it is God come as man, I am like the Greeks and start scratching my head.

Is God so much bigger and work so against my logic? Is Christmas a celebration of the greatest quiet revolution that ever challenged the way the world works? Is my day of presents and expectations aimed much lower than a true Christ-coming would encourage?

How real is Christmas? Christ? How real is the unlogical, God of love?

God, please help me to celebrate more than the anniversary of a single day. Please help this to be one point in a shocking, wonderful realization of how crazy and powerful Your love is, and how real the incarnation. Amen.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:22-25). 

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