Posts in the 10 Days of Christmas series
- 10 Days of Christmas: Rulers from their Thrones
- 10 Days of Christmas: Matthew 1
- 10 Days of Christmas: Mary and her Donkey
- 10 Days of Christmas: Of The Father’s Love Begotten
- 10 Days of Christmas: The Kenosis
- 10 Days of Christmas: Mary Ponders
- 10 Days of Christmas: The Meaning of It All
And Mary danced before the Lord. Hands raised, head thrown back, spinning with the joy of the young, an innocent girl in the presence of a Holy God. And Mary sang.
His mercy extends to those who fear him
from generation to generation
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts
he has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones.
The last shall be first, and the first shall be last. The humble will rejoice. The proud will be brought low. We celebrate Christmas as the advent of peace and hope – but also as the emphatic statement of God’s intent to upend the established order. The Kingdom of God brings down rulers from their thrones. It raises up the humble. It gives voice to the voiceless, and makes a mockery of those who cling too tightly to this world.
When we read the Christmas story, perhaps we should pay more attention to the role of Herod. Christmas is the great subversion of Herod’s kingdom, and those who, like Herod, abuse their power. “Peace on Earth” is a rallying cry – peace is coming, and it will come on the backs of those who love violence and celebrate fear. For them, Christmas is the first rumblings of the coming revolution, the beginning of God’s culminating restoration and remaking.
Peace on Earth. But fear and trembling for those who love their thrones.
Next in series: 10 Days of Christmas: Matthew 1