Christmas, as we know it, has become about Tickle Me Elmo, Ipod touches, Xbox 360’s and the powerful consumerist market. Its a time where the strong can get stronger and our greatest emptiness can be filled with the promise of short term satisfaction.
Just so happens, there was also a baby boy, named Jesus, who entered the scene 2000 years ago. Jesus came to enter the world and to revolutionize human history as we know it through love.
In my limited understanding of life, death and everything in between, I have come to realize, that love, at the foundation of it, looks like weakness. When we become weak, we actually become strong. When we are vulnerable, we actually find things like peace, hope and life. When we relinquish our power and serve others, it is there, where Christ manifests his own yoke and transforms us to his likeness.
The great thing about babies is their complete weakness and powerlessness. There is a relentless trust in their parents, and, a hope and beauty that is manifested in that. Jesus, in his greatest demonstrations of love, gave up his divine powers, and surrendered himself in weakness for the sake of those he loved. His whole life was dedicated to this art of weakness.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a human being,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
May we, in this Advent season, come to resemble the weakness of this child and reflect this same vulnerability and submission to others.