Merry Christmas and grace, peace, and mercy to you from God the Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit. Amen.
If you ask Google the definition of “meek” it will tell you that it is an adjective. It will define it as “quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.” Under synonyms” submissive, yielding, obedient, compliant, tame, biddable, tractable, acquiescent, humble, deferential, timid, unprotesting, unresisting, like a lamb to the slaughter.
We talk about Jesus as coming as meek, mild, and weak. It makes sense. In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Jesus, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In Jesus was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. Jesus was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him…And Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us.
The Creator of all creation came into our flesh. He came not as a full-grown man. He came not with power and might. But, he laid aside his honor and his splendor. He laid aside the worship due to him. And, he came to us not in the seat of power, but in a manger. The God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, the one who is the same substance with the Father, was born of a woman. He was covered in afterbirth. And, his throne was the piece of furniture out of which animals eat.
To think about all that, to try and wrap my head around it…it makes me feel like I just need to sit down. To try and ponder it all, it is mind boggling, ineffable. Why? Why did the Creator, King, and Lord of the universe come in such a way? Why not with trumpets and fanfare? He was greeted by shepherds for crying out loud! Shepherds weren’t exactly the high point of society. Yet, that is who the angels announce the good news. Why? Why come in such a way, in such a fashion?!
He came to die. Jesus, the Word made flesh, the Creator of everything, life itself came. to. die. He came to be nailed to a cross. He came to be lead like a sheep to the slaughter. He came to be obedient to His Father. He came unprotesting, unresisting, humble, meek to die. He came to be crucified upon a cross because of what I have done. He came to die because of what you have done. I feel like on Christmas instead of celebrating we should be weeping. This baby came for one purpose only, to die in our place. And, if that was where the story ended we would be in perpetual mourning.
Jesus did all this to bring light. To bring us joy and happiness. To bring us hope in a world desperately needing it. Because Jesus did not stay in the grave. The light shines in the darkness! Notice that! Shines! That means continuously – it still does it! Jesus came and shines light in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it! The darkness of the grave has been shattered and the pure light of God shines forth!
Death has been conquered. Sin has been destroyed. The Devil has been overthrown. Today, we remember the beginning of the end; the end of sin, death, and the devil. Today we celebrate because our God did not forsake us. Today we raise our voices in the triumph of our God.
For today the Christ-child came! Today Heaven invaded earth. Today was the beginning of peace and reconciliation between God and man. And it all came through the meekness of an infant. An infant who was also God. A God who loved you above all else. So much, that He died in your stead so that you might have life with Him.
God grant it in Jesus name. Amen.
And now may the peace that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.