The Reveal

It’s that time of the year again: Christmas season! The trees are up, the houses are adorned with shiny bright lights, and holiday shopping hours are in full effect. Everyone is busy planning how they can make Christmas day as memorable as possible for the ones they love, but as Christians we take the time to reflect on something that occurred way over 2,000 years ago in the beginning: God’s plan.

After creating the entire universe, God created the first man and woman in his image and likeness and placed them in the Garden of Eden. Not only that, but there was shalom, a Hebrew word meaning: peace, wholeness, health, safety and prosperity. There in that garden, Adam and Eve lived in shalom with God until sin entered the world through their disobedience, and that shalom was broken.  

Thankfully, God already knew this was going to happen. And, before the foundation of the earth was ever even formed, God had a plan and his name was Jesus. So, when the time was right, God sent his son to the earth, born of a virgin in a little town called Bethlehem. He wanted to restore the shalom between himself and humanity.

Throughout his ministry, Jesus was a true example of what it meant to bring shalom to the world.He healed the sick, he performed many miracles, and he was never afraid to engage with the outcasts of his day. His ultimate act of bringing shalom to earth and restoring our relationship with God was completed through his death and resurrection. But, every year we take the time to celebrate the great reveal of his birth because without it, there would be no resurrection.

So, enjoy yourself this Christmas season, but don’t allow the traditions of the season to distract you. As much as we love the lights, hot cocoa, and the wonderful joy Christmas brings, we must remember that this season is not about any of that. Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus by bringing both him and shalom to others.