December 24 – Incarnation of Christ in Us

by Matthew Morgan

Nativity – Brian Kershisnik

Read Galatians 2:19-20

“Mortal! We Spirits of Christmas do not live only one day of our year. We live the whole three-hundred and sixty-five. So is it true of the Child born in Bethlehem. He does not live in men’s hearts one day of the year, but in all days of the year. You have chosen not to seek Him in your heart. Therefore, you will come with me and seek Him in the hearts of men of good will.” -A Christmas Carol (1951 film)

We have spent this season talking about the birth of Jesus – that one day over 2000 years ago when Christ entered the world.  And this story can be told as history.  It was in the time of Caesar Augustus.  Herod was king of the Jews.  His parents traveled to Bethlehem where he was born.  Then he moved to Egypt and then to Nazareth in Galilee.  It happened.  But it also happens.  Christ is born into the world today.  

In the third chapter of Exodus, God meets Moses in the desert and tells him to go to Egypt and bring His people out of slavery.  Moses’ first response is to ask, “Who am I that I should go?” (Ex. 3:11)  What is it about me, God?  Do you know who you are talking to?  Surely you don’t mean me?  God’s response is simple: “I will be with you” (Ex.  3:12).  Moses asks, Who am I? and God’s answer is I will be with you.  It seems, at first glance that God is ignoring Moses’ question, but that’s not it.  The most important trait about Moses and his role in Egypt is that God is with him.  Who is Moses?  He is a carrier of God.  It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t speak well or that he is just a man, a murderer at that; all that matters is that God is with him. 

It isn’t any different today.  Any good that I do in the world will be because God is with me.  When Steve gets up to preach on Sunday, the most important thing is not that he has studied well or diligently rehearsed, but rather that God is with him.  God took on flesh in Christ two-thousand years ago, and today he enters the world through us.  Donald Miller writes, “Jesus is still coming into the world, still in a disarming way.  He comes into the world through you.  Everyday you put your feet on the ground is Christmas morning.”  

When we love our enemies, it’s Christmas – Christ is born.  When we choose to forgive, Christ is born into the world.  When we feed the hungry and welcome the stranger, Christ is born.  When we live sacrificially for others, Christ is born into the world.  At the risk of sounding cheesy, it’s the true meaning of Christmas – letting Christ be born in and through me.  

Randy Harris says that every morning when he gets up, he says four things: one of those is Today, I will be the Christ.  Tomorrow is Christmas, but how can everyday of your life be an opportunity for Christ to enter the world.  What could you do to bring Christ into your home in a fresh way?  Your place of work or school?  Your marriage?  Your friendships?  Let the song today, be your prayer – Jesus, be born in me.  

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20).

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