What an amazing thing we celebrate this time of year. The coming of God to earth. We can wrap our minds around God being all powerful or all knowing but a baby…wrapped up in strips of cloth in a horse stall?
“For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body…” That’s what Colossians 2:9 tells us. How amazing! I can’t really sort that out in my head. I know it’s true…but it’s still baffling and mysterious.
It’s interesting that the verse in Colossians is going somewhere with that phrase. It has huge impact on you and I. Here it is:
For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body and you are complete through your union with Christ. He is the Lord over every ruler and authority in the universe. (vs 10 NLT)
We share in the fullness of Jesus being fully God. That is our stake in this Christmas story. Without Jesus, we are hopeless and helpless. With Him…we share that fullness…the very fullness of GOD. That’s the greatest underdog story of all time!
Sharing that fullness also grants us great opportunity. This is coming back to something we have been talking about all year…but is worth peeking at again:
What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun! All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did.
And God has given us the task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 NLT
Jesus is the center of the story–the Christmas story, my story, and hopefully your story too. Have a joy-filled, hope-filled, love-filled, & Jesus-filled season!