Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day, Year A

Inspired by Hebrews 1:1-4

“Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.  He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word.”  Hebrews 1:1-3a (NRSV)

Jesus came to testify to what he had seen, but what was it that he had seen?

Jesus was the son of Mary, a human being just like us, with skin, hair, emotions, desires, and fears.  He was fully human in appearance and experience.

But he was also the Christ, the Son of God, who had been with God since the very beginning of all things.  When God the Father created the world he did so through the Son and in the Spirit.  When the man Jesus testified to what he had seen, he was speaking as the Son, because Jesus was fully human and fully God.  And as God, Jesus reflected God’s glory and brought God’s very being down to earth, in a form that we could comprehend and relate to.

Jesus told us of God’s unending love for all humanity, and he knew the truth of that love, because it was his own love.  When Jesus was crucified, he placed eternal divinity in the place of sinful humanity, and defeated the power of death forever.  God in Christ was at the beginning of all things, God in Christ will be there at the end of all things, and God in Christ is with us in the midst of all things.

Let us pray.  Incarnate God, you chose to take on our flesh and live as one of us.  Open our hearts to your truth, that we may recognize your divine presence in the midst of our ordinary lives.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.