Ambassadors of Advent
We are Christ ambassadors, as though God were reconciling the world to Himself through us.
2 Corinthians. 5:20
Once a year the Christmas season is a curious mix of the sacred and secular, often more secular than sacred. Still, there is no getting around it, Jesus is everywhere. For a month His presence is inescapable. Some may be at peace with Him, while others battle with Him – be it the red cup versus the crib, or Santa versus the Savior, or materialism versus the manger. Regardless, His presence is there.
For those who love Him, He is proclaimed in every speech, song, and symbol. He is the night sky that Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer rides across. He’s the breath of every de-sacredlized “Season’s Greetings”, each wreath reminds us of His crown of thorns, and the star atop the Christmas tree is a luminous sign of the star which led others to Him. The ornaments are His gifts of grace. And every tree, every branch and pine needle point to the new life of the Spirit which springs from the work of His cross.
For those who claim His name, the message of Christmas is: Jesus is God, and He is our present and future hope. God’s breakthrough in Bethlehem means nothing can separate us from the love of God. What began as a dream in Israel, has now come true – The Messiah has stepped into human history.
The arrival of Jesus is a portrait of our destiny, He was born of the Holy Spirit, so are we. It’s important that we reflect on Christmas as we do Easter. And allow the truth of Christmas to lay hold of us; to know Him is to be transformed by Him. The wonder of His arrival fills us with astonishment, the ancient of days has become an infant, He who could not be touched, now held in the hands of humans. We are a people of hope, through our confession that Jesus is Lord! Others can see in us the source of strength and hope.
Are you amazed at His arrival? You are called to live out the way He lives in you.