Kevin, Maria and I went to a Christmas dance recital last weekend, and something that the emcee said…well, I just can’t seem to get it off of my mind!
He welcomed us all, but not just any welcome…it came from his heart, and he made no apologies for what he shared with us all.
When he said that Eugene Peterson got it right about the Christmas story, I sat up straight and was very interested in what he had to say. You see, Peterson is best known for The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. The Message just happens to be my favorite version of the bible.
He told us that Christmas was so much more than presents or gifts. Yes, I knew this…He said that Christmas was about God’s son, Jesus. Yes, I knew this also…Sharing the passage from John was not what I was expecting to hear about the birth of Jesus…
“The word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” John 1:14 The Message
What’s so neat about all of this, is that for a couple weeks before I heard this passage at the recital, I have been thanking God for sending His son that was born of flesh and blood. I have been thanking God that Jesus walked on this earth and knows what it’s like for each of us to live this life we are living! He knows our aches and pains. He knows our sorrows and joys…He knows how we feel each and every second of each and every day!
Look who else was in the neighborhood…
“There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them….” Luke 2:8 The Message
The neighborhood wasn’t fit for a king, yet…The King of Kings moved right on in!
“So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe ~ people and things, animals and atoms ~ get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood poured down from the cross.” Colossians 1:19-20 The Message
I am so thankful that Jesus moved into the neighborhood! He came as a tiny baby and gave His life for each and everyone of us!
Jesus is the reason for the season! Merry Christmas.