Love and Vulnerability at Christmas

One of the things I love about Christmas is that I am forced (in a positive way!) to return to Christ afresh. I am drawn to look at the foundation of my faith – Jesus Christ. The Apostle Peter called him “The Chief Cornerstone”, meaning that without him the whole household of faith crumbles and falls. It is clear that for the apostles faith was truly and completely “Christ-centred”. This is a great encouragement to us today in a world that wants to reject what it perceives Christianity to be: overbearing; controlling; judgemental; harsh; abusive. And often the world is right in it’s observation of what we call “Christianity”.

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Which is one of the reasons I love Christmas. As a follower of Jesus I am drawn back to the true Christ. Jesus. The incarnation. The vulnerability of Christ. A child who would grow to be a man: a man who was there for the vulnerable. A man who was not overbearing. A man who was not controlling. A man who was not judgemental. A man who was not harsh. A man who was not abusive. Jesus was none of these things: read the Gospels. See for yourself who and what Jesus was and is (and is to come). Another bible writer stated that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Why? Because he was God. Not just a man. He was God incarnate. God descended from the glory of heaven into the gritty reality of planet earth. God in a body. Fully man and fully God. This is why he was none of the negative things I’ve mentioned, and yet often as his Church we present him as such. O that the Church would repent of her sinfulness and gaze afresh on the glory of Christ Jesus, for he is truly glorious.

The Good Book teaches that Jesus lived and led with love. Love was God’s motivation in sending Jesus. Love was how Jesus treated every person he had ever met. He loved his followers and invested everything in them. He loved the lepers and drew close to them. He loved the infirm; the marginalised; the unlovable prostitutes; the broken men who followed him; the bereaved families; the thief on the cross; the Roman official who washed his hands of him. He loved. It is who he is at the core of his being. Jesus loved, and Jesus loves, and Jesus will always love.


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But Jesus did more than love: He opened up his whole life to those around him. He was vulnerable!

Jesus chose to start his redemption plan as a baby: defenceless and weak. He lived in that vulnerability, making himself available to his family, his friends, his followers, and even the fields full of crowds. He made himself vulnerable by sharing himself completely. He did not hide behind his entourage. He did not escape through the back door after a sermon. He was not so ‘anointed’ that no one could touch him. Jesus was a true servant leader who stooped down to our level in order to lift us up to the glory we were created to live in: as children of the most high god who is our creator and eternal Father.

As I move towards Christmas this is the Christ I am remembering, worshipping and aiming to reflect back to the world: A Christ who is fully God and Fully man, and who stooped down in love, dropped his defences to be vulnerable enough to reach out in divine love for all humanity.

May we know this Christ and his vulnerable love as we read the scripture and walk out their truths in the margins and mainstream of life.

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