This morning we climbed down the steps from out first floor apartment to walk to church.
Katie’s first step outside the door nearly ended in tears (of pain for Katie and laughter for us) as she slipped and slid like a rookie roller-skater.
By the time we all got on the ice we were only able to walk (a generous description of what we were doing) 20 meters in about 15mins. At that rate we would have missed the service, and the evening service if they had one. So we turned around and slipped all the way home.
What to do? Umm, hello, St. Matt’s uniChurch podcast… bring on Jeff Hunt on Mark. If you haven’t been tuning in then give it a crack. It’s been great.
I’m up to the September sermon on Mark 9:30-10:31. What did it have to do with Christmas? Nothing, but much in many ways.
Jeff’s big idea was that to be great is actually to be small.
To be small is to not claim greatness as the disciples were doing in secret. To be small is to not be like the rich young ruler who was characterised by his wealth and submission to it. To be small is to not be like the disciples who turned the children away from Jesus in an attempt to de-clutter Jesus’ life with un-importants.
To be great is not about assumed titles of greatness, pockets full of money, position or age.
To be great is to be small, like a child, generous, submissive and humble. To be the greatest is to be the servant of all, which Jeff pointed out is what we see in Jesus’ fatal yet not fatal cross-work.
At this time of the year we also understand Jesus’ servant nature in his incarnation. The Apostle Paul points to this very fact in Philippians 2. But what Paul does is fabulous. He couches Jesus’ condescension within the scope of the purpose for his coming.
He became a servant to serve.
For this reason the Christmas story is about the cross. Check out Paul here in Philippians 2:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Christmas is a time to share the great message that Jesus came to be the servant of all.