I like the message behind this new Christmas song: O Come, All You Unfaithful.
O come all you unfaithful Come weak and unstable Come know you are not alone O come barren and waiting ones Weary of praying, come See what your God has done
Christ is born, Christ is born Christ is born for you
This video contains people who are getting their heads around the message ‘O Come, All You Unfaithful’, most of them for the first time, in light of their own experiences. A stillborn child. A strained marriage. Feelings of shame. Legalism. Loss. Loneliness. Or simply having a heart that weeps with those who weep.
We think seeing their responses as Lisa Clow sings communicates even more clearly that Jesus wasn’t born for people who have it all together. He was born for those who have nothing.
“Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”” (Matthew 11.28–30, ESV)
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1.21, ESV)
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Savior
Who is Jesus? Most people have some sort of opinion, whether based on fact, fiction or fancy.
The ancient Celtic monk Aidan of Lindisfarne was a fruitful evangelist. His brilliance lay in his ability to ask probing questions, to help people see where God was already present in their lives, and through that, to point them to Jesus.
So too did the apostle Paul, on his visit to Corinth. He says in Acts 17:23: ‘For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship – and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.’
I take a moment and think about my friends, colleagues and family. Who do they think Jesus is? Do I even know? God, help me ask them the question and listen deeply to their answers.
God, I lift up to You those closest to me. Grant me the grace to help them to see where You are already present in their lives, and help me point them to Jesus. I name them in Your presence right now.