"The Mission" is one of the most powerful Christmas stories I have ever read. (A dear friend shared it with me many years ago.) It beautifully illustrates the Incarnation, that Christ took on flesh and became one of us.
The planning for this mission had begun long ago. Now everything was ready.
“You understand, of course, that this is entirely voluntary”, a deep voice began.
“And that I am their only hope,” he replied.
He looked around him one last time. His home was a place of light and warmth and beauty. He loved it here, but he must go and save them.
“They won’t receive you well. In fact, they will consider you a troublemaker. They love their own ways much to change easily.”
He nodded. “But some are eagerly waiting for me,” he said, smiling.
They approached-the chasm and felt a cold draft. It was dark over there – and noisy: shouts of anger, screams of pain, moans of despair.
“They are so far away,” he remarked.
“Because of you, they can be made near,” his father replied.
He stepped across.
For a while, it was still and black. Then he saw a feeble light, and it hurt his eyes. He cried – a lonely, wailing sound.
“Mary, you have a fine son, just as the angel said you would,” a man said.
And she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger (Luke 2:7).
Jesus left the splendor of heaven to enter our existence, our humanity. Paul declared (Philippians 2:5-11), “(Christ Jesus) who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” He deserves all praise and glory!
Please join us this Sunday, December 13, at 10:35am as we continue our Christmas series with "His Name shall be called Almighty God!" Note: Come early and be part of Bible classes for all ages at 9:30am. The children will be practicing during their Bible class for the Kids Christmas Service on Sunday, December 20.
Our ono-licious, not-to-miss After Christmas Potluck Lunch will take place Sunday, December 27, after the 10:35am service. Bring your favorite foods to add to the table and get ready for a fun time together.
May you know the beauty of the Incarnation this season and all year long. And may you share it with others!
Mahalo and Aloha ke Akua!