Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas: the missional holiday?

While trying to decide what to say before we shared communion on Christmas Eve I had this idea pop into my head: Doesn't it seem like Easter is the "big" Evangelical holiday, and Christmas is more the "big" Missional/Emerging holiday? Not that both aren't important in each camp, but Easter centers around the fact that Jesus came to DIE for us, and Christmas is more that Jesus came into the world to LIVE for us.

I realize I am seriously stereotyping, but part of the problem some evangelicals have is they can lean too far towards Easter and only thinking about the implications of what Jesus' death and resurrection meant (atonement for sin; going to heaven when we die). I think it is just as important that God chose to COME INTO the world in the first place... to live among us; as one of us; being 'incarnate.'

I like the idea that God chooses to do things "with" us, and not just "for" us.

I dunno... I haven't really thought this through... but it was a thought.