The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.How absolutely backwards that the King of Glory would choose to live among you and me. How wonderful that he would immerse himself in the messiness and ugliness of humankind especially since He was without blemish. Jesus chose to spend His time not with the elite and beautiful of our society, but with the forgotten and the suffering. Jesus wanted those whom we had worked hard to exclude. Remarkably, it was His presence among the likes of these which caused His glory to shine like the noonday sun. The glory of Jesus was made evident to us because of where He chose to be and with whom He chose to associate. This has compelled me to pose yet another question: is it no less different for us?
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
It is hard for me to hide my excitement about tomorrow. Finally, our Savior has come! God has made Himself known to us! The almighty, unquantifiable, and immeasurable has chosen to wrap Himself in the finite flesh of His creation to be a tangible part of our collective human experience. As I take a moment away from the businesses of the impending holiday to ponder this overwhelming gift from God, I am compelled to ask: where would Jesus live?
Many of us live in safe, comfortable, and popular places. There is nothing inherently wrong with this. But I cannot help but wonder if we have moved out of Jesus' neighborhood where the underprivileged and the marginalized live out their days hoping against hope. At Forgotten Voices, we're trying to move back in. We want to be where Jesus is. It is clear to me, as I have examined my Bible this Christmas season, that God has a special place in His heart for the poor, the suffering, the destitute, and the grieving. Through the gift of His son, God drew close to these and He promises that He will be close to us when we are close to them.
You can move back into Jesus' neighborhood too. In fact, the only way we can make a difference is if we make the move together. On this Christmas Eve, please consider joining the work of Forgotten Voices by making a small financial gift. Every dollar raised helps us to show vulnerable children in southern Africa that they are known and loved by the very same God who created their beautiful land. Please come be a part of Jesus' neighborhood. There is plenty of room for you.
With glorious anticipation and blessings,
Written by Jesse at 12/24/2008 01:41:00 PM