“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”
A meditation on the theme, He Himself. He didn’t send an angel. He didn’t elevate a human to do the work. He didn’t write out a manifesto or a new philosophy. Jesus Himself came to save us. He Himself.
In Muslim countries, during the Eid Festival, folks dress up and go visiting. But, the “small” visit the “big.” In families, everyone visits their eldest brother, or their parents, or grandparents. Or the employees drop in at their boss’s home. Or the poorer people visit a rich man’s home. When they arrive they kiss the hand of the “big” person, showing respect Then the host takes elaborate care of the guests with food, serving them personally. And the “big person” gives gifts to the “small” visitors, gifts of good quality chocolate, money, or other presents. The festival participants don’t “visit down,” they visit “up.” The great take care of the humble. The rich take care of the poor.
As we celebrate Christmas, we express our amazement that Jesus “visited down.” The Greatest One, the Richest One, The Most Powerful One, stooped down to earth. He left His palace in Heaven, dressed Himself in flesh and blood, compressed His God qualities, “humbled Himself and took on the form of a servant.” He brought us gifts like redemption, forgiveness, eternal life and adoption into God’s family.
Hallelujah! Glory to God in the Highest!