For all people… So long ago the first to hear the message of Christ’s birth were the unlikeliest of people. Has the Christmas message become one that is only heard within the walls of the church?
I got to thinking about this the other night when filling in for Micah for this year’s confirmation class. The subject for the evening was the present Kingdom of God. We talked about what it meant to be a Christian in the present Kingdom while we await Christ’s second coming.
The birth of Christ is good news for all to hear…not just some. Even centuries later, in a world that has it’s fill of little caesars and empires, Jesus is born for all – good news for all people. Jesus’ kingly reign continues to break into our world today…when others hear the message of great joy…when the unlikeliest of people are lifted up with a genuine love that blasts away fear. When strangers and outcasts are welcomed. When reconciliation is on our lips. When we go beyond the boundaries of the church building to feed the hungry, or clothe and shelter the poor.
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ in the present kingdom we do so with an eye and a great hope for the day when Christ’s love, mercy, peace and hope will come in all its fullness. In the meantime…“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”. Who will you share the story of “good news of great joy for all the people” with this year?