The Christmas story is the story of radical change that may feel like chaos to earthlings, but is a well-planned reordering of life and all creation. The birth of Jesus was more than simply a change of address for the Son of God. In all of history, and eternity, this was unique. Jesus’ birth was God taking up human life and entering His own creation. It was God, who is spirit, becoming touchable. It was unseen God becoming visible. It was the Absolute Sovereign of the universe, coming as a helpless babe. Everything appears upside-down from creation’s perspective – but it’s really a return to rightside-up.
The birth of this baby changes everything. That night, the King of kings entered our world quietly, humbly, surprisingly – as a baby born in a barn. That subversive event turned the upside-down kingdoms of this world right-side up. Jesus was born to change the order of life and death by offering His life in death for sin – but then breaking the power of death by resurrection back to life.
But, the changes don’t stop with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He changes history. It is often noted that Jesus life changed this world and all history more than all the armies that have ever marched and all the kings that have ever ruled. No invention or scientific discovery has had the world-changing impact of this one life. But, the changes that Jesus brings are not primarily in governments and goods. Jesus changes people.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that “if anyone is in Christ, they are a new person; the old life has gone, the new has begun.” Jesus did not come just to make our life easier or this world a better place. He came to offer us new life – a life free from the old pattern of bondage to sin, ending in a hopeless grave. That life starts by accepting the life of Jesus, by faith, and receiving His life-giving Spirit to live in us. Everything could change for you – right now – by receiving this life as a gift. Your sin could be changed into His righteousness; your despair changed into His hope; your fear changed into His peace; your death changed into eternal life. The heart of the plan? Disorder to reorder; death to life!
The changes go even farther than changing history, the world and the people who receive new life from Jesus. He is still changing things. In the final chapter of the final book of the Bible we get a preview of some future changes when Jesus says: “I am making all things new.” We get a glimpse of a new heaven and a new earth and a new way of life and a new dwelling of God with His own people. All the old things are completely gone when this same Jesus says:
“There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne says, “I am making everything new!” Revelation 21:4-5
My prayer for you this season is that as you enter the events of this life that changes everything, you will receive His life. He really does change everything!