What is the significance of the Christmas story for you?
Christmas Day is here! … the day when we remember Jesus’ birth … an event that went largely unnoticed at the time. Exactly how it all happened and who was present is less important to the Gospel writers than the fact that it did happen. Luke, Matthew and John each imbue the story with themes that are important for them in the telling of the Christmas story …
Each of these Gospel writers present the story as theologically significant.
God plans the birth.
God orchestrates the birth.
God celebrates the birth.
For Matthew, Jesus is Emmanuel – God with us. (See other recent Messages)
For John, Jesus is the Word of God taking on human flesh and dwelling amongst us.
While for Luke, Jesus is the Saviour for humanity who is both Messiah and Lord.
So in thinking about the significance of Jesus’ birth for us in Australia in 2019, what do we take from these three accounts and how much of our thinking about this day is culturally conditioned? In our celebrations of Christmas, where is Jesus to be found? Front and centre, or off to the side somewhere or mostly forgotten? How have we domesticated Jesus to meet our comfortable cultural expectations?
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