20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”- Matthew 1:20-21, NIV
Days like today I often reflect on my Christmas memories. Of the days waiting at the top of the stairs in anticipation of seeing what Santa had brought us. Or those Christmas Eve’s hanging out with my cousins. Or the times that I spent all morning throwing wrapping paper at my sister. At times those memories bring a smirk to my face. I am in the middle of creating those same memories for my children. Those times in a decade or two where they will remember and smirk as well.
While I enjoy creating those touching moments for my kids there is a part to their story which I want to impart. While Christmas is all about a number of traditions and memories the DNA of it is reflected in Matthew. That Jesus came to earth to begin the redemption story. Tonight many will take away from services that God became flesh, it is more that that, a reason for it existed. Our sin and desires created division between God and ourselves. A division that could not be solved by anything we did. The solution came from God, and God alone. Jesus came to save us from our sins.
Beginning of the story, not the end. Christmas marks Jesus coming to the world, but its not the end. It’s a momentus event, but not THE MOMENTUS event. That comes at the celebration of Easter, where Christ died and rose again for you and me.