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1st of December 2009

During the lead up to Christmas we may get a chance to experience quite a few traditional events. Maybe we will be shouting “he’s behind you” or indulge in much booing and hissing. I am sure many proud parents and grandparents will be telling little Johnny that his performance as the third Shepherd was as good, if not better, than Olivier’s Hamlet. Advent is celebrated as a journey of opening ourselves up to welcoming “God with us” and part of this we get to tell the story of Mary and Joseph, angels, shepherds, wise men and assorted animals.
In telling the Christmas story and watching the many nativity plays, we very rarely talk about the revolutionary aspect of the whole event.For example, all through Jesus’ life we find Him defending the weak, uplifting the poor, blessing the disenfranchised and setting the prisoner free. Jesus identified with those that were without, those whom society looked down upon and those who were deemed unacceptable by the powerful and wealthy.
What has this got to do with the Christmas story?
Well, I have very rarely seen or heard much about Mary’s song in the telling of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. The song she found herself singing to God after she met Elizabeth. A song of praise that endorses a God of mercy, justice and hope. A God who casts a very large shadow across the lives of the powerful and rich, across those who do not recognise that they have a duty to act justly with all that He has given them.
In Luke 1:v46-55 we have a song that signals at the first Christmas and every Christmas since, revolution is upon us.
The status quo is no longer acceptable.
God is about to change things.
I guess not quite the twee story we were expecting?
Love Jason, The man in the Manse

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