Christmas is for the children
Week beginning: 18th December, 2016 | By Timothy Laurence | Cambridge
'But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.'Galatians 4:4-5 (NIV)
Do burdened lawyers sometimes need children to really bring our Christmas to life? The text says Christmas is not only about a child being born - it is about making us enjoy being God's children.
This is more (but not less) than recovering a childlike wonder that the Creator could be made flesh. Yes he was born into a manger but what was he born under? Here is a baby born under the very legal system which was designed centuries earlier for that climactic moment: to strap the weight of our destiny onto his soft little back.
Jesus was burdened from birth by the Mosaic law so that by taking it through his life, through the cross and out of the empty tomb he would turn it upside down. Jesus satisfied all its demands for us so now we stand on it and not under it. Now its weight becomes the foundation for our legal right to enjoy being God's children and heirs.
So let's not reverse Christmas this year - as if we should sacrifice our enjoyment of being God's children for the sake of thinking only about our work in the law. Is there a way this advent that we can each diarize space amid the pressures to deliberately enjoy what God gave us Christmas for? How can we set this example to the lawyers around us - and to the children we know before they set the example for us?
1. Take time to delight in the wonder of the Incarnation, and to be filled again with His joy and peace.
2. Ask for courage to speak to a colleague about the true meaning of Christmas and invite them to a Carol service.