The gift of Christmas

Photo by Tracey Brown
Photo by Tracey Brown

Christmas is a gift.

We live in a world in which the powerful usually lord it over the powerless.  But the story of Christmas is that the God who created the universe humbly took on the frail form of our humanity, becoming one of us.

Why?  Out of love?  Yes.

Because we were desperately in need of a Savior, someone to do for us on the cross what we could not do for ourselves?  Definitely.

But Jesus’ sacrificial death is not the end of the story.  Resurrection to eternal life is.  And the New Testament teaches that through the Spirit of Christ, resurrection life is not merely for some abstract tomorrow, but for the concrete reality of today.

Jesus was not born merely to die for us, but to live for us.  The gift of Christmas is not just the promise of Good Friday.  It is one with the gift of Easter: birth, life, rebirth, new life.  Jesus showed us what life in the Spirit looks like, giving us an example to imitate.

All of this, much more than any present under the tree, is the gift we celebrate.

May your day — and the season! — be blessed with wonder at the gift and reality of new life.

Merry Christmas.