What if this year as you trim the tree and bake the cookies and shop for that perfect gift, you could actually come to know Jesus in an intimate and profound way? What if you could take a break from the wrapping and the holiday buzz to familiarize yourself with the story of the child born in a manger in his own time and context, to know the Jesus of flesh and blood who walked the dust of the earth in the 1st century of the millennia?
This Jesus, yes. The one with the dark skin who came into the world through a poor unmarried girl who would be known as a queen. The tiny child born in a backwater town in an unimportant part of the world save for the travel routes which lie in and through the rocky craggy hills of Judea and the lush green hillsides of the Galilee. This Jesus, who in his tiny form challenged notions of kingship and rule; this Jesus--wisdom of God-- wrapped in skin whose Gospel would rival the Pax Romana of Augustus and whose story would subvert the rules and rulers of the world.
Stay tuned this week as we look at the Gospel of Jesus versus the Gospel of Augustus.