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Life is messy in so many ways… Our lives are filled with bills to pay, dogs to walk, kids to care for… illnesses, loss, suffering… sleepless nights, conflict in relationships, political disagreements….death, violence, abuse. And the messiness of Christmas!
Everything from dirty dishes in the sink, to wrapping paper piled in the corner…from simple messes ,to horrific ones we cannot fix or comprehend. From the forgotten phone calls, to missed flights, Jesus is with us. Immanuel.
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Jesus is Born Into the Mess. Into the Middle of Real Life.
Jesus wasn’t born in a sanitized hospital.
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He was born in dirty stable, perhaps even a cave, where the animals were housed.
Into the mess of real life, the God of the universe became flesh to dwell among us.
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Jesus gets visited by dirty shepherds, the outcasts of Jewish society, not the cream of the crop. Jesus doesn’t grow up in a palace, but rather the son of a carpenter doing manual labor.
He lived with sweat, pain, and disappointment & ultimately betrayal and criminal conviction.
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Jesus knows we have pain and brokenness. He gets that we are a mess and live in a messy world.
And Jesus came to be with us in the midst of all the messiness of life.
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Jesus is the gift of hope in the midst of the mess.
SIT DOWN and consider the birth of this Baby into the mess of life. If you have a nativity scene, a manger, a baby bed or crib sit down beside it.
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Talk To God about Jesus coming to Earth as a Baby in into the Mess of Life.
Or if you are in the midst of doing dishes or laundry, or taking out the trash, or picking up after kids, STOP,...
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