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God Has a Face – Br. John Braught

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Br. John BraughtJudges 13:2-7,24-25
Luke 1:5-25
The significance of Christmas is not that it’s a birthday. The significance of Christmas is that God becomes flesh and blood. The significance of Christmas is that God becomes Jesus; and everything changes. Everything changes when Jesus comes, and we need to remember that.

In the time before Jesus comes (the time of expectant waiting) God is distant. God deals with his chosen people – the Israelites – by imposing rules, laws, and commandments through intermediaries, like Moses. In the time before Jesus comes, God doesn’t even show his face.

We see this pattern in the way God deals with Samson and John the Baptist, whose stories are very similar. The stories of Samson and John the Baptist are very similar because they both happened before Jesus comes. In both cases, an angel proclaims that Samson and John the Baptist will do great things for God, but they must follow certain rules. Both are to remain pure, avoiding things that are unclean. Both will be set apart, they will stand out among their people because they are unique. Both are to remain sober, they must never to drink wine. An angel proclaims that Samson and John the Baptist will do great things for God, but they must follow certain rules. And then Jesus comes; and everything changes: No more rules. No more intermediaries. We see God face to face.
God becomes Jesus, and Jesus shows us that God is not a distant God. Jesus shows us that God is not for a chosen few or a chosen people. Jesus shows us that God is not for those who are pure, for those who stand out, and are sober; quite the contrary. God is Immanuel: God with us. Jesus shows us that. Jesus shows us his face. God with us: Jesus is our friend. God with us: Jesus shares our burdens. God with us: We are never alone.

What difference would it make if you knew that God is with you everywhere you go? What difference would it make if you knew that God is with you in every interaction that you have; with you in every challenge that you face? What difference would it make? God is with us! Jesus shows us that. Jesus shows us his face. That’s the significance of Christmas. That’s what we need to remember. Everything changes when Jesus comes: We see God face to face.

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  1. Margo on December 26, 2014 at 06:49

    Thank you Br. John. That’s it in a nutshell. Jesus shows us God’s face once in real and then His many faces since. And when God shows us Her face again in real time it will be black. Margo

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