And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. Mark 15:19-20
Christmas is only a matter of weeks away. For so many of us in the Mueller community, it is a time to remember the birth of Christ our saviour. Christmas is also a time to share our blessings with one another and to be surrounded by the people we love. It is a time for giving and a time for forgiving. Most importantly, it is a reminder of how much God loves us.
In classes, prep graduation service and megaChapels, we have and will hear about the Christmas story. This is only the beginning of the best story ever told. We can get lost in the joy of Jesus’ birth and all the fun of the season (and we should!). The flipside to this story is that Jesus was born to die. But he wasn’t just going to die, Jesus was going to be mocked, beaten, tortured, and then sentenced to die a slow, painful death by crucifixion. All at the hands of those He came to save.
Like so many mysteries of God and life, thinking about can bewilder, because God knew what would happen to His Son. God became flesh in his son Jesus and lowered Himself, and let mere humans beat Him and mock Him. The God who has all the power of the universe, humbled Himself to be lower than the angels, and to die at our sinful, hateful hands.
God knew this would happen ahead of time, and yet He loved us so immensely that He sent His Son, the third person of the Trinity, to suffer a painful death, so that we could spend eternity with our Heavenly Father. That’s the story of love. That is the story of Christmas.
As you head into this Christmas season, remember the price God paid for you, because of how much He loves you. Remember what true love is, and share that love, God’s love, with all.
From all of the Mueller staffing community, a Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for 2019 and may God richly bless you over the holidays.
Head of Primary