Daily Archives: December 13, 2013

traditions: churchie Christmas plays

I attended a Christian elementary school when I was a kid and each year, post-Kindergarten, I looked forwarded the Christmas pageant they put on with the local church.

Each year, I was selected to be an angel, probably more so due to the fact that my red hair gave me a natural halo than anything else, but oh — oh, how I wanted to be Mary.

Just once

After what seemed like eons of trying out, I finally got the part when I was in the 4th grade. I don’t remember much from that night other than pretending to hold Jesus in my arms.

That was the year that he became so very personal to me.

I remember it clearly, as if at first waking from a dream and realizing that it had become reality.

He is personal and yet for everyone at the same time.

I’ve grown some since then – 28 versus 10 – but I still look forward to Christmas pageants each year. I haven’t had the chance to attend one here in the Twin Cities yet, but I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled and hope to at some point in the near future.

Why?

Because they remind me of that night…

Of that moment…

A moment in time where Jesus revealed to me just how personal he really is.

He came

for you

for me

for all.

What are some traditions/things that remind you of a defining moment in your walk with Christ? We all have them. Feel free to share in the comments below.

December 13: the final reality

Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a priest, who has taken His seat at the right had of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary, and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. Hebrews 8.1-2

Christmas is the replacement of shadows with the real things.

Hebrews 8.1-2 is a kind of summary statement. The point is that the one priest who goes between us and God, and makes us right with God, and prays for us to God, is not an ordinary, weak, sinful, dying, priest like in the Old Testament days. He is the Son of God – strong, sinless, with an indestructible life.

Not only that, he is not ministering in an earthly tabernacle with all its limitations of place and size and wearing out and being moth-eaten and being soaked and burned and torn and stolen. No, verse 2 says that Christ is ministering for us in a “true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.” This is the real thing in heaven. This is what cast on Mount Sinai a shadow that Moses copied.

According to verse 1, another great thing about the reality which is greater than the shadow is that our High Priest is seated at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. No Old Testament priest could ever say that.

Jesus deals directly with God the Father. He has a place of honor beside God. He is loved and respected infinitely by God. He is constantly with God. This is not shadow reality like curtains and bowls and tables and candles and robes and tassels and sheep and goats and pigeons. This in final, ultimate reality: God and his Son interacting in love and holiness for our eternal salvation.

Ultimate reality is the persons of the Godhead in relationship, dealing with each other concerning how their majesty and holiness and love and justice and goodness and truth shall be manifest in a redeemed people.

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