By: Brian Rainville, Director of Ministry and Service
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
In a story attributed to British writer and philosopher G.K. Chesterton, a newspaper once sent out an inquiry to famous authors, asking the question, “What’s wrong with the world today?” Chesterton responded simply,
I am a sinner. I miss the mark. I do wrong.
While it is easy to point the finger, convenient to identify the wrongs of others’, and natural to rationalize our own sin (“It’s not that bad,” “I didn’t mean it that way,” “Don’t judge me,” “Yeah, but so and so did or said this.”), it should be just as easy to recognize that a propensity for good and evil runs right through each of us.
We have all fallen short; we all need Someone to save us.
“‘She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’”
So what is wrong with the world? Me. You. How are we made right? Through the coming of our Savior—Emmanuel, God with us. Individual effort, theological arguments, political ideologies, humankind’s good causes, and highlighting our good and other’s wrongs will always fall short. But somehow, nearly unbelievably, we are forgiven and made righteous through Jesus.
Thankfully his birth, and ultimately his sacrifice, signified the beginning of the world being made right.
Jesus, thank you for coming to earth; fully God, fully human. We welcome your love, grace, forgiveness, and peace, and want to better understand how we are made righteous through you. Bring lasting change to each of us, and this world. Amen.