Sister Lisa brought a thoughtful message on the transformational power of Jesus. Since it was Christmas Eve, the focus was on the nativity story and how the world was changed by the event.
Jesus was visited by shepherds and magi. The humble and the grand. Men of simple skills and men of intellect and learning. This was a child that came for all people, and who elevated the humble through joy, and took these men from the fringes of society and made them bearers of a message of wonder.
“17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them (Luke 2).”
Likewise, the Wise Men in Matthew 2:11a, despite their education and status fall down and worship a child. “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him.”
The humble exaulted and the clever humbled – transformation indeed.
But this was not the only transformational aspect within the nativity. While not the centre of Lisa’s message, she did note the gifts of the Magi. These gifts of gold (denoting kingship), frankincense (for priesthood), and myrrh (a symbol of sacrifice) showed Jesus’ triple role in the lives of men. He is king, priest, and saviour.
Let’s face it, in this world no one is self-sufficient. Who among us is not in need of a leader? And if one is the leader, may they not through the burden they bear need a priest or a saviour? And if one is a priest do they not need guidance from the one they serve? And all need a saviour from their own weaknesses.
In Christ as our atoning sacrifice and saviour we find the fulfillment of those needs. He in doing so changes us forever. We become children of God. Now there is a transformation.