So this may well initially sound like a bizarre thing to reflect upon at Christmas rather than Easter, but just maybe there is some resurrection at Christmas time as well.
At Easter we think about the physical death and resurrection of Jesus, but i wonder whether there is something more fundamental that resurrection at christmas might mean.
So why resurrection at Christmas?
There has been a lot recently spoken about God resurrecting rather than rescuing, and so at this advent time, I wonder whether that is what has taken place at Christmas, where god rather than being the rescuing god, resurrects the relationship with mankind that he is wanting.
The birth of Jesus it could be seen as god not settling for the relationship with the mankind he created and wanting to do all that he could to resurrect that relationship?
I guess it would have been very easy For Jesus to remain in Heaven, enjoying all that Heaven has there, but instead he chose to take the discomfort, of human birth, human life, human death, and then resurrection.
This strikes me as the god who wasn’t prepared to just leave things as they were, or even give them a chance of getting worse, but a god who was prepared to do all that he could, discomfort and all, to resurrect all that he could with his relationship with mankind.
This thought of the resurrecting God rather than the rescuing god is one that would probably resonate with som many people, as they would want god to resurrect them from struggle, trouble, hurt or pain, but realise that god isn’t necessarily going to rescue them, but certainly could resurrect them from their situation.
So much we see around us today, in so many lives would indicate the need for an advent time of resurrection, and so this is our prayer:
Lord, come and resurrect where there is brokenness, hurt, pain, bring life where there is struggle to embrace life. Amen.