Just wishing everyone a very merry Christmas from my family to yours.
This year I am privileged to have my mother in town from Wales, my daughter from Florida and two extra little treasures from our time in Tampa. We are going to have a great day celebrating together and I pray the same for all of you.
The verses that I've meditated upon this week are Hebrews 1:1-2. Hebrews 1:1 reads: “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways...” What strikes me here are the words, ‘many times' and 'various ways.’
On Christmas Eve, God made the most spectacular statement the world has ever heard. From Hebrews 1 it becomes apparent that God posted this announcement long before it happened. In fact, God began announcing the birth of his Son centuries before it happened using OT prophets and then, closer to the day, angles and various other forms. Incredibly, the message was consistent through it all. This baby is "the Word" of God who became flesh and 'dwelt among us' (John 1:14). The message is not so much about his coming, but, rather, who has come! Emmanuel. God with us!
That's why verse 2 of Hebrews 1 adds: "but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe." In Jesus, the Messenger is the message!
The good news about the baby in the manger is not just that he is God's messenger. He is God in person! The one who brings the message is also the one who will make it a reality. That is a great reason to celebrate today. So do just that.
Emmanuel. God is with us!
Emmanuel. God with you!