“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9

“For we have not a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our weaknesses; but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”  Hebrews 4:15

The passages above may seem more appropriate for Easter than for Christmas.  Yet I believe the true and complete knowledge of the mission of Jesus Christ makes the celebration of His coming into the world even more joyous, even more awe filled.

For it is truly a mystery above all mysteries, a truth beyond all truths, a clear an unmistakable pronouncement of the Love and Heart of God and the unchanging nature of Our Father Almighty.  That the creator of all, the all powerful above all, the all knowing, would leave an existence of perfection, where no pain, no hunger, no hate, no darkness will ever exist; to an existence which is filled by all those things.  And not only filled with all those things, but that He who by whom all things were created would allow himself to be subjected to all those things; yes even death at the hand of His creation.

It is no wonder that the heavenly host would burst forth in joyous song.  That the heavens themselves would proclaim this miracle with a start of unparalleled brightness.  Where in the history of all things has there ever been such an example of love.  Where in all the minds of all the writers who have ever or will ever live has there been such a story of rescue of the downtrodden and sacrificial giving?  God the Father Almighty, is doing what only He can do in a way that we, in our wildest dreams, would have never come up with.

Scripture tells us that God had come down to earth before.  However, every time God came down, He came down in His Nature of God; the omniscient, the all powerful.  Now He is coming down, in our form.  He will know weakness, He will know weariness, He will know hunger, He will know sadness and He will know temptation.  He, the Creator, will know what it is to be the creation.  Yet He is still God.  So it is that He will not fall to the temptation, will not lose His perfection.  In truth, the fact that He maintains His perfection allows for His death to accomplish what it completely accomplished; our salvation.

Thus at His birth, Jesus Christ becomes one of us.  No longer can we cry out that He does not understand, that He has never been where we are.  Jesus left perfection, left it all to be with us.  To strive with us, to struggle with us, to cry with us to love us.

Then Jesus did something, did the one thing for us that we could not do ourselves.  In faithful obedience to His Father, God Almighty, Jesus Christ died for us.  We died but we died because of our sin.  Jesus Christ knew no sin, had never sinned once, yet he became sin.  He took on every sin that has ever been committed and then sacrificed Himself to cleanse us from our sins; that we might then be able to truly live.  That could not have happened unless He came to live as one of us.

So let it be that we celebrate, truly, deeply celebrate with joyous abandon.  Let us proclaim in the example of the Heavenly Host, that we have heard the good news of great joy.  For we know God came down, we know that a savior was born.  We can experience just how much love God, Our Heavenly Father has for each of us.  We can be confident that God, in the person of Jesus Christ has intimate knowledge of our struggles and as the risen Lord, will be with us to overcome them.  Open the presents that Jesus Christ promised; peace, joy, strength, knowledge and above all love.  And knowing that those presents are not just one time and done sorts of gifts but are there for all time; let us commit to regift those presents to a our sisters and brothers in the Lord as well as to those who have yet to enter into His presence.

Our Most Gracious Heavenly Father, praise be to You in the Name of Jesus Christ.  We thank You for Your plan that would have Your Son, leave the perfection of Heaven and come to dwell in the imperfection of this world.  Thank you for Your loving plan and the faithfulness of Your Son, Jesus Christ, in carrying it out; that we might know salvation in His birth, life, death and resurrection.  Thank you for Your Love which surpasses all understanding.  In the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord we pray.  Amen

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