"Christ did not bring religion; Christ brought the Kingdom of God." Fr. Alexander Schmemann
Thursday, December 17, 2015
"God bless us ... Everyone" - George Sarris
Tiny Tim got it right. And Charles Dickens made it clear with the simple addition of a single space in the text.
The last two words of the child’s famous saying could have been written as one word. But then the meaning might have been misunderstood. The little boy could have been asking “everyone” to pronounce a blessing on him and his family –God bless us, everyone!
But that’s not what he was asking. His request was directed to God, asking Him to bless “every one!”
The real message of Christmas is not that God loves only some people – Tiny Tim . . . the Cratchit family . . . even a changed Scrooge.
The message at the heart of Christianity is that God loves each and every person He created.
He loves you. He loves all those you personally know and love. He even loves all those you don’t know personally . . . and may not love.
The Savior of the World
The angel who appeared to the shepherds on that glorious night to announce the birth of the promised Savior said,
I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
The best-known verse in the Bible tells us that God so lovedthe worldthat He gave His only begotten Son. And the very next verse explains why Jesus came:
. . . that the world through him might be saved.
Jesus’ disciple John told his readers that Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,
and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
As we celebrate this Christmas, let us rejoice in the knowledge that Jesus Christ came to redeemallmankind!