He Didn’t Have To

 

He Didn’t Have To

I’ve been thinking about how God came to us—born of Mary as little baby Jesus. God didn’t have to do it that way. He could have simply appeared full grown as one of us. After all, He’s God and He creates and recreates. He is the master of miracles. God could have said, “I’m going to become human—and “voila” it’s done!  But that’s not what He did. Jesus was born like you and me. He had to learn to walk and talk just like you and me. He had to navigate living on this earth, just like you and me. He had to go through puberty just like you and me. God could have made Jesus’ journey so much simpler. Why didn’t He?  God became human just like one of us. He did not come into this world alone. By virtue of His birth and our births, we are shown that our life is meant to be done together. All of those “I’m spiritual but not religious” people who say they don’t need church…how can you be Christian alone? I believe one of the things Jesus’ birth shows us is that we are not born from nothing. We did not come into this world alone. Why do we think we don’t need anyone? Why do we think that others don’t need us? Our lives are meant to be done together. Jesus shows us that life is worth living…together. He shows us that every season of our lives is important—He has lived through the struggles of life and He didn’t do it alone. He was born into a family. He was raised by a mother and step-dad. He lived in a house with many others. When he was baptized…he didn’t baptize himself. John the Baptist did that for Him. He surrounded himself with disciples to journey with him. This is what we, in the church, do. We surround ourselves with disciples so that we can do life together, learn, teach, serve, worship and show others why we do all of this. Jesus, being God, really needed no one as He walked the earth; but even so, He shared His life with many and they shared with Him. This is what we do as a church. One cannot be a Christian alone if you do not invest time with and in other people. How can we “be love” alone.  Remember, Jesus told his disciples, “They will know you are my disciples if you love one another” (John 13.35). So, my beloved, the next time you start thinking that you don’t need to go to church, ask yourselves, “Why has the church survived thousands of years if it is not necessary to our Christianity? Why did the Holy Spirit come to those people gathered on the Day of Pentecost—the birthday of the church?” The answer is, the church is the Body of Christ and the Body of Christ needs you as much as you need the Body of Christ! Find a church, go to church, and keep going to church. You may not think you need to be in church. I would say, “Think again.”

Blessings,

Rev. Deanna M. Young