Dec. 25, 2016

Sunday
Matthew 1:23, John 20:19-22

“Everything was ready. The moment God had been waiting for was here at last! God was coming to help his people, just as he had promised in the beginning.

But how would he come? What would he be like? What would he do?

Mountains would have bowed down. Seas would have roared. Trees would have clapped their hands. But the earth held its breath. As silent as snow falling, he came in. And when no one was looking, in the darkness he came.” - The Jesus Storybook Bible

Jesus is God with us. Jesus identifies with us in every way so we can identify with him. Jesus laid aside his glory to become a baby—for you, for me. He came in humility, without fanfare or any outward sign of royalty. In his humanity, he showed the essence of God.

Jesus came, lived a perfect life, died and rose again. Before he left earth, Jesus appeared to his disciples. On one occasion, he said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” On another, Jesus commissioned to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Just as Jesus came to live out divinity in his humanity, he issues the call to us. We are to live out Jesus’ divinity in our humanity and, in doing so, make disciples of all nations, baptize and teach them. As Jesus came into the world humbly to live a life that fulfilled the mission God sent him to accomplish, may we also live lives that humbly embody Jesus, God with us.