“Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”? Today, Christmas is far removed from anything it was originally intended for, replaced with alternative stories and meanings. But why do we celebrate Christmas, and what are the implications for a people that God has revealed Himself to? Christmas declares the Kingdom of God is here.
On this week’s podcast, we’re considering how we as followers of Jesus can live on mission for the Kingdom over Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Regardless of your plans this weekend, are you more focused on sharing presents or the presence of God with others?
Even in the church we have bought the lie that glory is found in our influence and perceived ‘success’. But the radical claim of the gospel is that “glory is wrapped in humility and weakness.” To be a Kingdom citizen (one who identifies as a follower of Jesus) is to re-define and re-align one’s identity with Jesus in Bethlehem.