This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone. ~Taylor Caldwell
Meditation: Some Christians rush to declare Jesus as “Lord”, “as God himself”, as “Divine”. I know that they are trying to strengthen people’s belief in the specialness, in the divinity of Jesus, the Christ. However, what happens is that Jesus, the human, who was born in a manger, raised by a carpenter family, who had siblings and who had a three year mission to embody God’s presence on earth is being spiritualized or even denied or wiped away. The human existence of Jesus becomes obsolete. His living and suffering among us becomes a side note. His resurrection and glorification become everything. If Jesus was Christ alone, we would need to despair, as we would still be alone. Thanks be to God who entered humanity fully, from natural birth in a stable to a gruesome dying on the cross. Nothing, yes, nothing is beyond God’s experience in Jesus, our Brother. And therefore, we are never alone. And the same Jesus asked for his Healing Spirit to remain with us forever, when he had to physically leave us. What compassion, what identifying love!
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for fully entering humanity with us and for not insisting on your divinity. Sometimes we do injustice to you and to ourselves when we immediately identify You with God, the Almighty. We dismiss all of what you have been through and all that you have shared with us. And because of Your humanity, we are not alone. Because of Your Spirit remaining amongst us as we struggle with our human experiences, we are not alone. Thanks be to God! Amen
I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever. John 14:16