Christmastime is the perfect metaphor for life. Just as the discount stickers are being placed on the Halloween candy we start to give our attention to what we hope will be under the Christmas tree. Of course we have to endure the holiday before Christmas, Thanksgiving. But before the feast has even digested we are already off to the stores to make sure we are best positioned for the deals and discounts. It’s difficult today to be focussed on the Messiah. There are so many distractions that get in the way.
Distraction is the problem. Distraction takes our eyes off what we are supposed to be giving our attention to and instead puts our eyes on something else. Like the dog in the movie Up we find ourselves easily distracted by a squirrel.
The early Christians struggled with distraction too. For those who witnessed the life and ministry of Jesus, there was an expectation that their Messiah would be back soon to restore the earth and save them. But time has a way of changing people’s expectations and hopes. Persecution has a way of changing people’s behaviors.
And so we find ourselves here in a nation of excess that is literally built on a system that distracts us, that leads us away from our Messiah and toward that which makes us most entertained, for a minute or so. Maybe our lives haven’t gone the path we hoped for as we entered adulthood. Maybe our marriages ended before death-do-us-part. Maybe we are currently living in the in-between and we don’t know what’s next.
But we are called to remember. Remember who Jesus is. Remember that Jesus is our High Priest, creator of all things, heir of all things, lover of all things. As heir, Jesus continues God’s legacy of justice, holiness, and forgiving love.
So in this Christmastime, may we reclaim Jesus as the High Priest in our personal and corporate lives, both in word and deed. May we live with hope that our Messiah, who was there at creation is still creating today with the same glorious imagination as was expressed in the beginning. Amen.
LET US PRAY
Creator God, creating still, we give thanks to You this day. For your Son is our savior who reigns over all things and sustains all things. Help us to see Jesus at work in the life of our church, through the small acts of love expressed in each person we encounter. Amen.
Eric and Cristy Hasha are happily married for 13 years and have two awesome kids, Abi and Everett. During this season of Advent, the Hasha family is most looking forward to time together as a family and with their church family.