Family roots us. Each of us has an identity based on our place of origin, the choices of our ancestors, and the reputation of our parents and siblings. As Christmas brings us together, let’s be thankful for our heritage. Let’s celebrate our unique place in this world. But there is a family that transcends biology and its roots go deeper.
At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ—God becoming man. The infinite, all-powerful, eternal one laid aside those attributes and limited Himself. The Infinite One located Himself in a baby, Jesus of Nazareth. The All-Powerful One came to be born in a stable surrounded by the smell of animals. The Eternal One came to die for sinners who would reject Him.
He did all of this to create a family. This family is made up of redeemed sinners who have trusted in Jesus Christ. None of us deserve a place in the family of God, and that is why Jesus came to take away our guilt and shame and bring us in from the cold. He welcomes everyone who comes to him by faith. If you are not yet a part of God’s family, Jesus has an empty chair waiting for you. Join us at the table.
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
—John 1:12 (New Living Translation)
Post image: The Last Supper (1886) by Fritz von Uhde