The good news for the day December 25, 2016
Christmas Day (14)
In those days, a decree went out from the Caesar, Augustus, that the whole world should counted in a census. This was the first enrollment—when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everybody, therefore, went to register, each to his own town. Joseph traveled up from Galilee—the town of Nazareth—to Judea—to the city of David, Bethlehem (He was of the house, the family, of David) to register with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child; she gave birth to her “firstborn son.” She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, there being no room for them in the usual accommodation. (Luke 2)
People who walked in darkness saw a great light. The Syria that is in the news today—full of killing, bombs, and people at war—is the same Syria as then—a vestige of the even more ancient “Assyria.” And yet, listen to the Christmas songs—they are present tense! “O, COME all ye faitisful…to Bethlehem…Angels WE have heard on high…all IS calm, all IS bright…What Child IS this?” and so on
The point is that in our songs, we sing that Christmas IS happening now. Syria is still there, and so are we! Time fades like a fog—and we are contemporary with that—THAT—moment. Jesus is being born. We are called to look afresh at our dark and darkening world, at wars and rumors of war, at the rising tide—always rising tide—of hostility and control, hypocrisy and harm—
ALL OF THAT IS ALWAYS PRESENT to make us ignore the Jesus who is coming—with mercy, humility, poverty and respect—to fight all of that evil.
Jesus comes precisely to a world that NEEDS Him. He does not care if you are worthy or nice or guilty or great—you Need Him. He comes as light.