We all have early childhood memories attached to Christmas Day.
I’ll never forget one Christmas morning. In my version of the memory, I wake first and sneak into the living room. Our tree towered over me, adorned with sparkling glass balls and millions of bright colored lights filling the room with tiny treasures of green, blue, red, and white light spread across the ceiling and spilling across the furniture and floor. And under the wondrous boughs, I found a Fort Apache toy fully assembled with cowboys and Indians arranged as if locked in a desperate battle for possession of the little plastic snap-together fort. In my impressionable, preadolescent mind, the scene is still epic. Why? Because the thought that Santa enjoyed that toy so much that he wanted to play with it before leaving it for us just blew my little mind!
We all share a familiar Christmas Day story.
I think my favorite doctor turned historian, Luke, told it best. The story begins with an Angel terrifying a young girl when he pops into the room and informs her of God’s choice. What about Gabriel is frightening, I am not sure. However, if someone suddenly appeared in my home in the middle of the night, his words would begin again with the familiar refrain to be not afraid. Then, after he finished laughing and rolling his eyes, he motions like a father calming a little child, shakes his head in the familiar way powerful beings do when talking with mere humans, and says, “And put down the baseball bat, please.”
Angel Gabriel explained to Mary God’s plan of redemption. He told her she will conceive by the Holy Spirit. And when her time comes, a child King, the Son of the Highest, is born into an eternal kingdom to sit on the throne of His father David and reign over the house of Jacob (Luke 1:33). What he did not tell her is that to reign eternal, He must first pass through death to lead us back into the perfect state of being that Adam lost so long ago. God opened the first chapter of the end of the story on Christmas day more than two-thousand years ago. And today, we celebrate as we do each year, the beginning of our salvation story.
Merry Christmas to all of you
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