Guess Who Moved Into the Neighborhood?
Lucinda Secrest McDowell
People were confused, hurting, angry and impatient. They wanted relief. They wanted results. Perhaps what they really wanted was a savior. Someone to solve all the problems in the world and thus make their life easier.
They had already tried just about everything, including following their own instincts, going after whatever would satisfy, even as a temporary fix. But it wasn’t enough. Our way usually isn’t.
After what seemed like silence for more than 400 years, a loving God did a radical thing to reach down into the world he had made and which had subsequently tossed him aside.
God became incarnate as Jesus Christ, the Son, and entered into our mess, helpless as a baby, unknown and ordinary. “He moved into the neighborhood.” (John 1.14 MSG)
To be among us.
Not over us, spouting truth from on high. But down here where life is gritty and grace is gulped by desperate people wanting to belong. Among. Walking down the dusty streets with beggars and women of the night. Confronting corrupt temple holy men even as the ordinary worshiper became discouraged by church politics. Making his home in our homes.
Dwelling in our midst and eventually in our very hearts.
This is huge.
That One who is all-powerful and all-knowing would draw close to someone just like you and me. And yet Jesus-among-us is exactly what we celebrate every Christmas. The glory in the manger.
Where is God in your life? Is he still “up there” out of sight, out of reach, impossible to communicate with?
Or do you know him “here?” Christ among you. A breath prayer away from solace and sanctuary.
Invite Him in and stay close. Speak to Him of your concerns and your joys. Ask Him for power when yours gives out. Ask Him for love to share with the unlovely. Rest with your head on His lap and in obedience do hard things that will display His glory to the world.
This is why God sent Jesus.
under the mercy, Cindy
Merry Christmas from the McDowell Family
©2017 Lucinda Secrest McDowell – adapted from Ordinary Graces (Abingdon Press)
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