I love the Christmas season. As usual, I kicked it off by watching It’s A Wonderful Life late on Thanksgiving evening as Cindy fell asleep on the couch. In the closing scene as they are singing Hark The Herald Angels Sing, my mind thought of the wonder of Christmas. My favorite Christmas hymn in my favorite movie! George Bailey was thrilled to know his life had mattered and that God had not forgotten him.
Christmas is a time when we remember that God has not forgotten us. And to show His love for us, He didn’t just show up and say, “I’m here and I understand. Tough it out and hang in there.” No. He came and fully identified with us. Philippians 2:5-7 is where Paul tells us in our way of relating to one another we need to have the mindset of Jesus “who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” This was Paul’s way of saying what Isaiah said in 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Matthew defined the meaning of that name “God with us.” He came to be with us and fully identified with us.
The world is not God-forsaken – even though people sometimes think it is. And our lives are not God-forsaken – EVER!
I like these words from Augustine: “He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.”