A Long Time Ago
In A Galaxy
Far Far Away…
Oops. Sorry, wrong story. We’re talking about Christmas. How could I get that confused? It is my favorite time of year after all – “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” I am filled with such love and pride when someone calls me “Mr. Christmas!” I guess it means I’m keeping Christmas well. Of course the story of Christmas does not have lightsabers and spaceships, but there IS a battle involved between good and evil. And in fact it WAS indeed a long time ago and it certainly feels like it was in another galaxy.
Our hero’s name is Jesus! Many years ago in that land halfway across the world our Savior was born! The route He took to rescue us still baffles me today. What King would come as a baby?! Why would God choose to not only become human; though that is wild enough already; but to then go a step further and enter the womb of a woman! It amazes me still. He could have escaped much of the discomfort, pain, and shame of being human. But He didn’t. He took it all. He accepted humanity to the fullest extent.
He did not simply come among us – He became one of us!
Every year there are countless stories, sermons, and books dedicated to un-wrapping the God who was wrapped in swaddling clothing. But I still cannot comprehend it. It still seems so unfathomable. I cannot understand God’s love, though I know that is the reason He chose what He did and how He did. It was love. God is Love. I still find it mesmerizing though.
The path God chose to rescue us is incalculable. It’s beyond reason. It’s downright crazy if you ask me. Love though is not a mathematical equation! It is not scientific theory! Love busts through science, reason, and facts! Love is far higher than those things. Christ fully expressed His love while proving His commitment to us.
Jesus gave up EVERYTHING to become NOTHING in order to keep me from absolute destruction!
That is Christmas! That is Hope! There lies Joy! Merry Christmas indeed!
Many might find it hard to believe; though my wife could set you straight (but please don’t ask her…); but I am actually a Scrooge! I, at least from time to time, exhibit Scrooge like tendencies – maybe “we all do!” So if Scrooge can “keep Christmas” I certainly can too. So I need constant reminders of what Christmas means. This example that Christ set – what does it all mean for me and my brief life upon this earth? What can I learn and emulate from Him?
What I see from the Christmas Story is that He gave up everything to become nothing so that those He loves could forever have it all! How does that translate to me?
The way I see it … t hat means I ought to do the same as best I can! It means I ought to become a servant. That should be my first position – it was Christ’s. To give up so another can have. Do I “love” so I can get? Or do I love so that I can give? Or better yet, do I love because I love?!
Jesus started with love. His motive was not to give or to receive. He loved. Then all that He did stemmed from that. He had no motive and no agenda. He simply … LOVED!
Jesus began with love; figuratively and literally. Without love what He did becomes sterile and robotic. What does my life look like without love?
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. – 1 Corinthians 13:3
Is love the only thing we need? The Beatles thought so … but no! But without it we have nothing. Without love I am empty, I have nothing, and all I do is moot. My prayer this Christmas and all year long is …”Lord please help me to love more like you, as a servant. Allow all that I do stem from your love.”
a.k.a. Mr. Christmas