Christmas Garbage

The incarnation reminds us of the downward direction of our worship. The gospel doesn’t declare that humans can escape their predicament and clean themselves up. The Bible doesn’t say that God held his nose against the stench of this world and cherry picked people out of it — or that God loves the people who aren't dirty — or that God whitewashes our lives and our little Christian bubbles apart from the world. The good news is that Jesus has loved us enough to step into our garbage and offer us his body and blood. 

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Mary, Did You Doubt?

Over and over, Jesus’ identity is confirmed: by angels, Elizabeth, shepherds, magi, Simeon, Anna. If Mary had received so many assurances, could it be because she needed them? Perhaps the Father was whispering, “I know this is hard to take in. I know you’re prone to explain things away. Here’s another proof. Keep believing.”

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