“Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way.” (Matthew 1: 18a) After a lengthy account of the genealogy of Jesus the gospel writer Matthew begins to describe how the birth of Jesus came to be. This beautiful story reminds us of the humble beginning of the Christ. No one imagined that the long awaited Messiah would be born in a lowly stable and placed in a manger, a feeding trough. In Luke’s gospel he writes, “I decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you.” Luke then proceeds to give us a very different account than Matthew wrote. Put together, this is the birth story we often see in pageants and think about when we tell the story to others.
But there is another story of the birth of Jesus and that is the one of how Jesus came to be made known in our individual hearts and minds. This is the story that truly shapes our faith and our personal walk with the Christ.
We can meet the Christ again and again as we turn within and feel the presence of Spirit comfort and bless us. We meet the Spirit of the Christ anew when we let go of earthly limitations that speak only to our own abilities and allow the Christ to move us forward in ways we had never before thought possible. We, of ourselves, can do little, but with the presence and direction of the Christ unlimited possibilities open before us.
Later in the gospel of Matthew we read: “Many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what hear, but did not hear it.” (Matthew 13: 17)
We fail to see because we fail to look. We fail to experience because we fail to surrender. Jesus is born anew in each of us with our every thought and breath if we trust in the power of the Christ to change our lives. Celebrate today that the Christ is born again within you and that your recognition of this beautiful presence blesses you this day and always.
Affirmation: “Unlimited possibilities bless me this day and always as I allow the Christ Spirit to open my heart and mind with childlike wonder.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.