Now I know Christmas is already passed and that most people have already taken down most of their Christmas decorations. But I do want to make you all think about something just a little more.
And it is still amazing to me that the birth of Jesus Christ was almost forgotten on that night in Bethlehem. It crazy to really think about it…. The Son of God, the Messiah, actual God being born on earth was nearly forgotten if it weren’t only for the wisemen and the shepherds.
It’s wild to think that the birth of God would have such little fanfare or even audience. You think, that if God were born, there should be a massive announcement, a parade, an enormous preparation, but there isn’t!
And it’s not like this was a lowkey, unknown event in time. The prophets have foretold the brit of Jesus (God with Us) a long time ago, actually announcing a virgin birth and in a smalltown of Bethlehem. And even when Jesus was born, it’s not like God wasn’t giving the world signs. A might a bright star shining day and night? Or how about a choir of angels in a nearby field in Bethlehem? Don’t tell me that nobody in Bethlehem saw a bunch of angels at night just outside the city? And don’t tell me that a star shining day and night isn’t enough for someone to look up and wonder, that is quite “odd.” But it was…. Nobody took notice.
It is as if Jesus had a birthday party and invited the entire world and only a few shepherds and wisemen showed up. I now wondered whether the world even wanted Jesus to come, and that more so Jesus came to the earth as an uninvited guest, someone that nobody wanted or even cared about. Now I totally understand that Jesus tells of parables about weddings in which people are invited but nobody came.
Daggum sad I say! Seriously, Jesus, who is God, is born…. and where is everyone? Make you think if Jesus was unwanted back then, is he even wanted right now, today? But here is the amazing thing that we should all remember.
As Christian we give our life, our worship, our devotion to the Triune God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We know how important the birth of Emmanuel was back then and how much more significant it is now… for us. But what about the rest of the world? The amazing part is that even if the world doesn’t want God or even recognize the birth of God among us and fail to even recognize God in this world… God still came to us. Yes, that is the amazing God that we worship. No matter what, God chose to be with us and took a huge gamble and risk in coming here, even when a majority of people fail to seek the birth of God on earth. To God… it doesn’t matter the amount of people that may love Him, but each person that is eager to find God, means the entire world to God.
This is the amazing God who came to us. A God who needs no fanfare, no attention, no parade, or special attention. This is a God who isn’t depended on our recognition of Him. The God who came to us, only is eager to be with us, no matter what. Whether we recognize Him or not He continues to bless us and the people around us and the world with things that give joy, love, peace, and warmth. God will continue to be the God with Us. Maybe we need to start looking for the obvious signs around us that point to the heart of God. Let’s hope that in 2023, we start anew and refreshed. Let’s start seeking how obvious God’s love, peace, and gentleness is so embedded in this world and in our personal lives.
Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).