“For to which of the angels did God ever say, ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you’?” (Hebrews 1:5)
The author of Hebrews wants his listeners to know that Jesus is higher than the angels. Back then, as now, the glory of the angelic choirs could morph into a colorful mythology as people experimented with spirituality and sought “new ways” to be with the Divine. The message of Hebrews is clear: no other bridge between God and creation but Jesus, His Son!
That message gives Christmas its edge. Christmas does not only proclaim that God became flesh, but it also promises that this Baby is the One and Only. Whatever ways we have chosen to get the Good Life, they are nothing if they have nothing to do with to the little Lord Jesus.
He is the Good Life, He is the Divine, He is the bridge. In Him, the One who bears our flesh and bore our sin, even difficult jobs are worth doing, and difficult people are worth loving—we even find ourselves worth more than gold, oil, or water, loved enough that God would suffer pain to be with us. Merry Christmas, friends—which is just another way of saying, He’s the One, and He’s yours.
LET US PRAY: All praise and honor to You, dear Father, for the gift of Your Son! Amen
Pastor Steven K. Gjerde