with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; 2 Samuel 6:1-11; Hebrews 1:1-4
I was listening to an artist speak a few weeks ago about Advent and the Christmas Day celebration. He said something that should not have felt profound, but did; we only celebrate someone’s birthday while they’re still alive—there is no other dead person whose birth we celebrate. The fact that we still celebrate Jesus’s birth (in addition to the cultural hoopla and anticipation of Easter) means that we still believe that the Christ is here year after year.
How would we celebrate Christmas differently if it was not simply a memorialization of the incarnation, a observance of something wondrous that happened long ago. How would we celebrate Christmas differently if we were celebrating God with Us here and now.
“Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son.” Hebrews 1:1-2