The Firstborn Of All Creation

This Christmas season is special in the Chacko household because on May 30 of this year our third son, Micah, blessed us with his presence into our world and lives. His existence began nine months earlier in his mother’s womb. Before that he didn’t exist at all – even though the Bible says that the days ordained for him were written in God’s book before even one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16). His story is pretty straightforward. He was conceived and entered the world on a certain date.

The birth of Jesus is kind of similar, yet dissimilar to our births. He was born two thousand years ago to a mother in a city called Bethlehem. Yet, his existence pre-dated His conception. When the eternal, immortal God became mortal, it presents a difficulty of where and how we start telling His story?

[pl_blockquote]He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (Colossians 1:15)[/pl_blockquote]

Maybe that is why none of the stories of Jesus’ birth in the Bible start in the same place. Matthew starts his story with a long genealogy; tracing the history of Jesus all the way back to Abraham. Mark begins his story of Jesus with a prophecy from Isaiah about a messenger who prepares the way for the One who will come. Luke takes a very historical perspective and talks about the days when Herod was king. John goes back to a time before there was time when He says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” And then just a few sentences later he talks about how “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Apostle Paul starts the story by saying that Jesus is the “firstborn over all creation.”

See the story of Jesus is completely different from ours. God doesn’t fit into our boxes, not in any way, especially in respect to the birth of Jesus. He was there before He was born. Think about that. That’s fascinating. The wonder surrounding the birth of Jesus, the fact that it is something bigger and more complex than my birth and your birth, makes it extra special. It points to the fact that there nothing regular about the birth of Jesus. It’s extraordinary and supernatural. And because it is, because its both like ours and unlike our stories – because it’s God’s Story – this Christmas season, we can rejoice.

[pl_blockquote]Question: How does your story intersect with the story of Jesus?[/pl_blockquote]

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