If you didn’t get to read “Part I” from last week, let me catch you up: I surfed some really good waves in a thick fog bank all alone. Although, the part of the story I left out, was that once the fog bank lifted, I realized I actually wasn’t alone at all. As the fog lifted, I was able to see more than ten feet away for the first time. I noticed the horizon, then the beach behind me, then the other fifty surfers near me. We all looked at each other with a look of surprise and relief. It was the first time in a while that I was glad I wasn’t surfing by myself.
The birth of Christ isn’t just an opportunity to see God clearly and then orient your life around the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s also the only way we can properly relate to the others around us. Although our faith can be deeply personal, it is a shared corporate experience. In other words, we are all in it together. The Christ Child came for you, me, and that jerk who cut you off in traffic. He knows your name and that person you wronged or who hurt you that you never spoke of. Jesus came for you and all the people who frustrate you… even your boss or the teacher that failed you.
Christmas is a reminder that the great equalizer in every relationship in your life, past, present, and future is the Grace of God that was manifest in the life of a simple man. All God, yet a man. A baby that cried and wet his diapers (although pampers weren’t a thing yet), also spoke the world into existence and he did so for you and me and everyone beautifully made in his image.
I pray that this Christmas, collectively we would experience a lifting of the fog and see clearly the Christ Child and also the oneness we share as those created and loved whom Jesus came for.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”