When a new friend or coworker asks, what are you doing this weekend, how many of us think to say, “I’m going to Church” as the first thing. It’s the most important thing we do all week, but for some reason, we may not always share that truth about ourselves as often as we could. It may be that we are hesitant to admit our need for God. But we do have a great need for God and also for his grace. The grace of God is like food. We hunger for it in our lives. It is also an inheritance, like the prodigal son who received an inheritance from his father.
The angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” God’s favor, his grace has entered humanity in a new way. It was promised that a savior would come, and when he did, what was it that he brought more so than anything to save us? It was grace. God’s favor is his grace; grace to know God, and grace to love God. Grace is what the Son brought through his first coming. Forgiveness… yes. Rebirth… yes. Forgiven and reborn so that an endless, living supply of grace could dwell in our hearts. Every Christmas we celebrate the human birth of living grace, the Son of God, into our world.