Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord!Luke 2:11
Our Jesus Deck card for the week ahead is depicting a scene from the town of Bethelem. The sun is rising over the sleepy little town after a miracle in the night.
This miracle took place in a manger because the inn was full due to everyone travelling to attend the census.
As a citizen of Bethlem and someone whose parents were born there, you are grateful that you didn’t have to travel far. You are also quite proud to be from the place where King David was born.
You know that Bethlehem (The House of Bread) is an important place for the future too because the Messiah and Saviour of Israel will be born in your home town. Of course, there are days when that time feels very far off in the future, now that the Romans rule the land… but there is hope!
When you wake up this particular morning and go up on the rooftoop for a morning stretch and check on the weather forecast for the day, you notice that something is different. You can’t quite put your finger on what it is… but all the colours around you are more vibrant than usual and in the distance, it’s as if you can hear angels singing.
You rub the sleep out of your eyes and as you do, you are reminded of the Prophet Micah’s words:
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,Micah 5:2
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”
The message today is about the importance of being rooted in tradition and the wisdom of the prophets. This doesn’t equate being trapped in a web of legalistic theology. Theology, by its very definition, is about what’s right and what’s wrong. A relationship with the risen Saviour isn’t about that; it’s about being deeply and madly in love.
Understanding tradition properly actually gives you more freedom, not less. Bethlem at the time of King David was under the Old Covenant.
This very morning, if you place yourself in the Bethlehem scene above, you will understand that the promise of a New Covenant is kicking in. We are moving from Law to Grace, from fear to love and from an intermediary priestood to becoming a royal priesthood.
Thanks to tradition, we know that this happened at a set time and place in our history, so that we could be free from sin, yes — even the sin of a need to be right!
Your theology can’t save you but a relationship with Jesus Christ can and will if you let Him!
Questions to Contemplate
- How does tradition give me greater freedom?
- How does tradition sometimes trap me?
- What tradition is relevant to me now? (think about specific resources to access the wisdom)
- How can tradition help me stay on track?
- How does tradition dovetail with Holy Spirit guidance/direct revelation in my life?
In His Love
PS. Thank you to everyone who provided positive feedback on last week’s Gospel meditation. It’s good to know that this is something some of you finds helpful!
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