The universe was created with a Word, and it was good. Through patient divine crafting, the fullness of Creation lead to the dawn of Man and Woman, and this, too, was good. When left to their own devices, however, Man and Woman turned away from their Creator and, in doing so, broke the first Covenant with the Creator of the Universe. This act of rebellion initiated the rift between what is and what was meant to be. A rift that has grown day by day and hour by hour.
Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, sent by God to redeem the world of sin and to heal this great rift between Creation and the Creator. Born to a humble laborer and his young wife, Jesus would become known as a teacher, as a man of infinite wisdom, and as God incarnate. He came to correct Creation, to make right that which was wrong. Above all, the divine child came to die, to pay the full price for the sins of every Man and every Woman.
Today we celebrate the Alpha moment in the life of Jesus, the moment that the Universe groaned wretchedly toward for untold thousands of years. Pushing and pulling, rising and falling, since the moment of rebellion, the Universe, stained by the bloody hand of Man and Woman alike, shuddered with the labor pains of redemption. Jesus Lord was born, and, on this day, the Covenant with every Man and every Woman could be renewed.
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
As a calm falls over the political landscape of 2016 in America, this Christmas will be one that many will wish to pour themselves into to escape the pains of this year. With luck, others will graciously focus on the season as well. This is all to the good. Take this day in peace and remember the great hope that it represents, to all of humanity and the very Universe that is our home.
On this day, our King was born, not to punish us for our rebellion, not to enslave us to a divine tyranny, but to set us free. God put Himself, not us, upon a cross, accepting our brutish punishment for our own sins. You are meant to be free people, children of God!
Be brave! Be free!
Liberty is For The Win!