12 Days of Christmas Devotions: Day One

This Christmas FiG is helping you to keep yourself focused upon Christ in this busy season where we celebrate our saviours birth. The first day is brought to you by Bruwer Vroon, Pastor at Grace Church Gisborne.

Day One

"The cumulative testimony of the four gospels is that when Jesus Christ sees the fallenness of the world all about him, his deepest impulse, his most natural instinct, is to move toward that sin and suffering, not away from it.” (Dane Ortlund)

Christmas comes rushing with such unabated ferocity that time for meaningful contemplation on God Incarnate has to be etched out with gritty tenacity. But Ortlund’s quote has helped me get a head start this year, taking a pre-emptive strike at the avalanche of Christmas pressures.

And what I am most mindful of at this time of year is what Christmas teaches me about the character of God. Instead of rejecting and disowning a profoundly flawed humanity, in Jesus, He draws near to rescue them. It’s a refreshing thought. After all, the way in which we express our flawed nature is through various rebellions against God. Insurrection, we might say. And our news outlets are replete with stories of the powerful bombing rebels to extinction. Christmas gives me time to pause and rethink the tactics all-powerful God employs toward rebels. Instead of ‘nuking’ the problem from a distance, he moved toward it. He took up residence in rebel-held territory... to offer amnesty. To declare a path of peace. To atone for wrongs done. To renew those who have pledged new allegiance to God though Christ. And to furnish them with faith, hope and love.

Welcome to Christmas. We remember: God has moved toward us. Not away from us.

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