The First Boxing Day???
The First Boxing Day???
“And the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us….” -John 1
There is supposedly a tradition among the British Military where on the day after Christmas the Officers and enlisted men trade places for the day. This tradition is memorialized in a famous episode of M*A*S*H. Unfortunately I have not been able to confirm that from any other sources, but I like the idea. The concept of taking the time to learn what life is like for another is truly Christ-like. It mimics what Christ did that night long ago when He came into the world to experience what life was like here on earth.
I cannot explain a lot of the mysteries of Christ’s Incarnation. I believe them, I simply do not have the capacity to explain why they were necessary or how they occurred. But, I can grasp that God loved me enough to come on earth and experience a taste of what we must endure… to know the temptations we face, the pain of rejection, and the thirst for intimacy. Christ’s presence here earned Him the right to speak for me before the throne and my faith in Him guarantees that He will be my advocate!
While God is a just God and my life is one that does not compare to the lives of so many others, I have the hope that Christ’s advocacy will secure me a place beside Him in the coming Kingdom… probably not on the front row for sure, but inside the walls… which is more than I deserve. This is not just because of Christ’s Sacrifice though that was critical, but also because God by God’s very nature is a God who loves us and did what was necessary to redeem and restore us for God’s own purposes.
So someday, I will be able to enter into the throne room redeemed and renewed, righteous before my Creator. In other words, I will be taking Jesus’ rightful place just as he took mine long ago.
No, I do not know if the Boxing Day tradition displayed in the TV episode is real. However, I know Christ’s willingness to take my place is and that He has already paid the price when He became flesh and dwelled among us. What greater gift can any of us ask for?
Prayer: Unworthy as we are to receive the gift of your taking our place, Oh Lord, help us to take your place now in this world showing to all God’s grace and love that prompted your coming into this world. Let us be your hands, your feet and your voice today and always. Amen.
(Debbie & Steve)
Reverend Dr. Steve Van Ostran
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