Reading: Matthew 1: 18-25
One more. We wait. One more week. We wait. In one more week it will be Christmas. We will celebrate the coming of our Lord and Savior. One more week. It is a significant day because it marks the celebration of the arrival of the Messiah – the one who forever changed the world. Jesus began a new era in His birth. Emmanuel, God with us, forever changed our relationships with God, with each other, with sin, and with death. Jesus is the full revelation of God’s love and the example of how to live this love out in our daily, human lives.
One more second. On more month. Twenty-three days. Right now. All of these are also available options of times to celebrate the arrival of the Messiah. Our Emmanuel, God with us, is an ever present God. We can have Jesus’ presence with us all the time. Jesus does not just come once a year on Christmas. Jesus continues to be present to us in the here and now and will continue to be present to humanity until the end of this age.
The Messiah came to initiate a new age: the age of peace. It is a work in progress. It is a work in the midst of labor pains. It is a work that seems far from complete. It is a work that we, as followers of Jesus Christ, continue to carry out day by day, person by person.
Just as Jesus was the revelation of God and the evolving story of the Old Testament, we too are the continuing revelation of Jesus and the story of the New Testament. The story of the good news of Jesus Christ continues to grow, to spread, to reach new ears, and to transform lives. Everyone who comes to Jesus as Lord and Savior helps to complete the narrative of peace and to draw the world a little closer to the return of Jesus. One more soul at a time. Matthew writes, “He will save his people from their sins”. May all come to know this wonderful peace of Christ.