I associate the build up to Christmas with movement – hustle and bustle, busyness. Rushing to the shops to make sure that you have everything you need, trying to get to the post office to post cards in time for the international delivery dates (sorry didn’t make that one!). Going from one social gathering to the other. Always moving. But there is one movement that we often neglect at this time of year – that coming near, or drawing close. While the movements we follow at Christmas are usually frenetic and whirlwind like the movement of the first Christmas was one of coming close.
The primary movement, the first steps of Christmas are God Himself coming towards us:
Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”
I love how the Message version describes God with us:
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish. (The Message)
Literally Jesus came and moved in with us. How amazing, how humbling! God made the first move towards us in our sin.
1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us.
What is our response to this movement of God? Honestly if you look at most of us at Christmas our response is not coming near to Him, but in going – mostly going in circles chasing other things. At the first Christmas there were two main responses – the Shepherds and the Magi came to Jesus to worship while Herod went to kill.
I ask myself this Christmas, fully acknowledging the presence of my growing to-do list, which movement will I choose this Christmas? Will I choose to come towards God as He has toward me, or will I choose to go on going? What will be my movement this Christmas?
Today I’m taking part in the One Word at a Time Blog Carnival – the word is ‘Come” (Actually just discovered that I’m behind the times & this weeks word should have been Down! – Sorry 🙂 ) and also in Winsome Wednesday – click the links to have a nosy around!