I love Christmas. I like carols and mince pies and chunky jumpers and advent calendars. I don’t like all the stress caused by sending Christmas cards/presents and sorting out all the food. But what I love the most is the Nativity story, with Mary and Joseph and shepherds and angels and wise men. (I was even a talking Christmas tree once. Pretty sure that is not in the original.) It is this idea that a small baby came into this world by choice in order to give us hope amidst a world set on going wrong. But the craziest part of this whole story is in John 1:
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.
This small baby came into this world by choice in order to save us, essentially, from ourselves. Yet we did not recognise Him. John tells us that Jesus was the Word of God made flesh. Matthew describes Him as Immanuel (God with us). Yet we did not recognise Him.
The above photo shows the front of my Christmas letter from the Mephams. It is the same picture they use every year but this year it particularly struck a chord. That chord chimes with John 1 v10. Immanuel was born into a manger because there was no room elsewhere. He came into this world shoved into a corner when He deserved the finest we could offer.
That is the Christmas message. The God so loved this world that He came into it knowing He would be ignored and unrecognised. That is Love beyond everything else.
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