Many times, when we think of Jesus’ arrival at Christmas, we think of a little baby in a manger. That is good and important and definitely a part of the Christmas story. But, the baby Jesus marks the beginning of something bigger and far more dramatic than only the nativity.
Advent/Christmas and the birth of baby Jesus marks the arrival of God’s kingdom and God’s reign on earth. Later in the gospels, Jesus says as much: “Repent, the Kingdom of God is near.” So, just as much as Christmas marks the arrival of a baby, it also marks the arrival of God’s reign. Christmas is a heavenly D-day of sorts. In baby Jesus, God has boots on the ground and God’s invasion has begun.
As you celebrate the arrival of Jesus this Christmas, remember that God is invading our world through Christ Jesus. Invite the reign of God to define your Christmas. As you do, you will celebrate the reason for the season. You will also enjoy the presence of the God who has boots on the ground.