Matthew 1:20-21 (NLT)
20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus (Jesus means “The Lord saves.”), for he will save his people from their sins.”
Born out of a human, but not conceived by a human. Quite the lowly start. Then again, not really because His arrival had been predicted. Why was he coming? To save people from our sins. Those people. Them sinners.
Matthew 5:5 (NLT)
5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.
Ever wonder why that is? I imagine that it’s the fact that when you realize that you’re not all you’re cracked up to be, you tend to understand that God is far greater than we are, that He died for us so that we can experience Him in eternity, that we are our brothers keeper if we’re going to make a difference, that justice matters, that passivity is failure, that He taught us what He taught us to bring some of the kingdom of heaven to here on earth. Theoretical empathy is learned from talk. True empathy is earned through the stripes of life. True compassion is learned through experiencing pain.
Proverbs 14:23 (NLT)
23 Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!
Talk. Action. One is only good if it’s a precursor to the other. God talked about the coming – The Lord Saves – for many, many generations. He acted. The final covenant. This Christmas, think of the birth of Christ. His raison d’être. Christ did the work for us. He knows the pain and challenges we suffer. He is empathetic and grieves for our sorry state.
Talk is cheap. Christ paved the way, gave us the awareness, gave us the foundation, gave us the Holy Spirit. Talk all you want, but work if you want the change you seek.
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.