The Journey Continues: Christmastide [26DEC2013]
Readings: Psalm 93, 96 ◊ 1 Isaiah 62:1-5 ◊ Hebrews 2:10-18 ◊ Matt. 2:1-12 ◊
Reading: The Divine Hours—Prayers for Autumn, and Wintertime
The first day following Christmas, the celebration. Thursday. Tens of thousands of people went back to work today. The warmth and loving moments of community have already cooled in the memories of most people as their attentions move ahead to the next task. It’s time to go back to work. It’s time to return Christmas gifts. It’s time to hit the after Christmas sales. It’s time to travel back home…and 10 million other little preoccupational urgencies. Jesus is a quickly fading memory.
It is still Christmas. Melt into it and continue to meditate on the incarnation and glory of God in the flesh, Jesus.
Our confidence is in the God-Man, Jesus
Christ Is Supreme
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. Colossians 1:15-20