Sunday, December 21, 2008

I want to wish everyone ______ _______. I think the debate here over words has been overblown. What matters is the sentiment behind the words. I acknowledge the tension – writing openly about my Christian faith while not imposing it on anyone. This reflects the wider debate in our society – how faith is exercised publicly without infringing on the rights of those who don’t share common views.

As a Christian, I offer a sincere wish to my non-Christian friends and colleagues for a joyful, peaceful, relaxing, memorable, fun-filled holiday time with family and friends. That’s my same wish for my Christian friends and colleagues. Additionally, we share in the celebration of the birth of Christ, who is the centerpiece of our faith.

I believe the Bible has two fundamental, inter-related themes – God’s zealous pursuit of the hearts of men and women, and Christ’s life on earth as the culmination of this pursuit. Christ is referred to as the Alpha and Omega. He is with God, the Father, at creation, when God says “Let us make man in our own image.” And Scripture closes with a plea for Christ to return. In between….

Isaiah prophesies about the suffering servant. The gospel of Matthew says that He taught as one who had authority. While He lived humbly, He did not hesitate to say who He was: “I am the way, the truth and the life.” “I am the living water; whoever drinks of the water I give him will never thirst.” “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” He was crucified between two criminals, one of whom mocked Him and one of whom pleaded: “remember me”, maybe the greatest split-second decision in history.

What does Paul say about Christ ? “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but instead emptied Himself.”

The author of Hebrews says: “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His son.”

This is the One whose birth my family and I will celebrate on December 25.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Happy New Year!