As humans we often make a mess of life so to speak. The murk and mire of life tends to muddy everything up. We are far from perfect and all have stains. The cloak of life we don day after day, has figuratively been stained by our imperfections ..."all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Quite simply - we have missed the mark. The arrow released from our bow is dripping with sin and will never reach the intended target. But praise God, that is not the end of the story. There was a Saviour born unto us who has the power to hit the target. The God of creation stepped down into the confinement of time, picked up our arrow, and with one quick release hit the bulls eye, swiftly nailing our sin to a cross and paying the price that we never could.
"But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see -- I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord."At this time of year, we like to package up the Christmas story and present it in a way that glitters and shines. Yes, it is a beautiful message and my prayer is that all my friends and family would understand, know how much God loves them, and accept this ultimate gift... the gift that God loves them enough to get blood on his hands and pay the price for our sins, so that we can someday stand before God with a clean cloak.
"But he was wounded for our transgressions,crushed for our iniquities;upon him was the punishment that made us wholeand by his bruises we are healed."
Beloved reader, may you take a moment this Christmas season to reflect on the mystery of it all. Ponder the purpose of a Christ child born to die. I am brought back to a moment in time where I am kneeling next to an arrow pierced deer in the woods and am struck with how the blood on my hands now reminds me of a different blood. A messy, bloody death that also gave life, but not just sustaining life. No, it is life abundantly. A life was given so that another could live. A Saviour died and conquered death itself.
And the angels proclaim... "Glory to God in the highest!"
Can you hear them?
Can you hear them?