Christmas isn’t Jesus real birthday. It has become a widely accepted time to reflect on His birth though. What’s more important, in my books, is not whether we say, “Merry Christmas”, or “Happy Holidays”, but that we embody the essence of Jesus’ coming. This is a great time to reflect on God coming to us. In fact “adventus”, the Latin root of “advent” loosely translates, “the coming” or “arrival”. It’s inspiring to see some people share their reflections on social media. Here are some noteworthy Christmas social media posts.
Uncle Bob always has a way with words. He’s on point.
Heaven leaned over the rails in anticipation;
Love was about to get a new name.
— Bob Goff (@bobgoff) December 24, 2018
Later in his life, I bet the Innkeeper wished he'd made more room than he thought he had for Jesus.
— Bob Goff (@bobgoff) December 22, 2019
ChurchMag loves Scott. We’ve had him and Justin, his co-author on one of their books, feature on one of our podcast episodes. Anyways, Scott has had a great series of advent posts. Here are some of the posts I loved.
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Be Not Afraid! Could we possibly just say this instead of Merry Christmas? Because to celebrate the coming Christ is to celebrate a Presence you need not fear. To PONDER the mystery of holy incarnation is to allow your heart to be transformed and healed by these deep truths: *Existence, in all it’s seeming absurdity, is not a curse to endure but the very gift that the Giver of Existence wants you to receive and participate with. *It’s good to be in your body… all kinds of miracles happen through it. *Divine encounter has its most vulnerable beginnings in the most humble of places. *The Divine didn’t enter the world as a Judgmental Titan set on condemning it but as a loving participant who’s ultimate work of healing came through It’s ultimate loving participation. *Love is intentionally inclusive in It’s restoration invitation of all things… and isn’t worried about not accomplishing what It has set out to do. And on and on and on. So many things! I’ll leave it up to you to ponder these things in your heart. “So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph and the baby as he lay in a feeding trough. When they had seen this… they made known the statement which had been told them about this child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told by the Shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things… PONDERING them in her heart.” Merry Christmas Eve friends! #adventcontemplation #advent #merrychristmas #christmas #christisborn #hallelujah #babyjesus #jesus #immanuel #benotafraid
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You may be rejected by the incarnation you carry. Bethlehem. All of Joseph’s family was there because of the census. You’re telling me not one cousin, aunt or uncle offered their bed for them? God’s incarnation within Mary confronted so many cultural shames. In her culture she could have been stoned for what she had done. So maybe her family thought putting the No Vacancy sign out at the family reunion was an act of mercy. Shame is the lousiest of responses from those you love. It hurts. Deeply hurts. And Beloved….God’s gift of your incarnation may just do that too. But take heart. A simple place will always be given for that incarnation to appear. Maybe somewhere hidden or in the back where no one expects anything like that to be birthed. It will not go unnoticed by the Spirits. They may even sing over it! A small group of people, possibly strangers will witness it. Hell, even celebrate it and dance a jig because of it. In the moment you least expect it, international travelers may offer you gifts to help you along your way. Missed by most other leaders, some elders in your community may see your small incarnation and whisper prayers of thanksgiving for witnessing your humble revelation. All this to say…. The Gift the Giver of your Life has given you to bring forth in the world will be given a way. It may not be the way you wanted. Or expected. And it may leave you uninvited at your own family reunion… But it is the gift God has given you to incarnate. And It will offer you a way to do so. And it will be good news with tidings of great joy. God bless you for the gift of your incarnation. . . #advent #adventcontemplation #incarnation #jesus #christmas #visiodivina #visualprayers #gladyourhere
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Today, Divine Revelation is waiting for you in the places you ignore. . . I’m not going to do a deep dive on what shepherds were like in biblical times. They didn’t own property. They were hired hands. You were basically unsuccessful at a lot of things in order to become a shepherd. . . And yet this is who the angels were sent to announce the birth of Immanuel. Why? . . Because in true YHWH form, The Giver constantly uses the people whom we ignore to reveal It’s ways. . . Sometimes it’s ministers, artists, authors, sages, monks, gurus… the people we look to for guidance and insight. We believe in their revelation… so we buy their books, attend their conferences and concerts hungry for the Word we long for. There is truth here… don’t get me wrong. (thank you to all for supporting @justinmcroberts and I’s books @40daysprayerbook ) . . But there is a deeper revelation in all the ignored hidden aspects of life. Rest is woven into the make up of a lilly. Provision is revealed in the eating habits of birds. And the Almighty itself is waiting to be found in the elderly Staples employee you mechanically interact with while replacing your ball point pen and computer paper supply. . . God is shitty at PR… on purpose. Because the Divine has no interest ending up on TV, being big on instagram, having It’s own line of cook ware at Target. That’s what we do with Revelation. . . The Giver of Life hides revelation in the things we ignore because it is the work of humbling ourselves and asking to have eyes to see and ears to hear that truly transforms our hearts. It’s in the unknowing of how things work that we get a peak at Love working It’s transforming will underneath the glitz and glamour or everything we produce. . . It’s in the ignored and marginalized aspects of your life… the embarrassing unsuccessful parts… that if you take the time to listen, you begin to hear the angelic proclamation: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people. Today… a Savior has been born to you.” . . #advent #adventcontemplation #christmas #shepherds #christisborn #spiritualdirection #spiritualformation #spiritualpractice #revelation
Anyways, you can see the rest of Scott’s advent posts on his Instagram.
‘Yes’ said Queen Lucy. ‘In our world too, a stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.’
— Stephen Foster (@SteveFosterldn) December 24, 2019
“My idea of God has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself… Could we not almost say that this shattering is one of the marks of His presence? The Incarnation leaves all previous ideas of the Messiah in ruins.”
📷 Banksy ‘Scar of Bethlehem’ pic.twitter.com/x6n8pZrnKO
— Pete Greig (@PeteGreig) December 24, 2019
Sam’s profound words remind us, well read them for yourself.
Matthew’s genealogy of Christ includes the outcast, the scandalous, and the foreigner.
The family Jesus comes from anticipates the family he has come for.
— Sam Allberry (@SamAllberry) December 21, 2019
Justice is inseparable from Jesus’ coming, Propaganda reminds us
Shane also weighs in
Not only WAS Jesus a refugee…
Jesus IS a refugee.
In the suffering, we find Jesus in his most distressing disguises.
“When you welcome the stranger, you welcome me… whatsoever you do unto the least of these, you do unto me.” -Jesus pic.twitter.com/30vfUcwnPH
— Shane Claiborne (@ShaneClaiborne) December 24, 2019
This Christmas, let’s not gather around the name of Jesus while ignoring the ways of Jesus.
Remember the poor
Visit the prisoner
Feed the hungry
Clothe the naked
Welcome the stranger
Deliver the oppressed
Serve the least
And rise for the marginalized.
God waits for us there.
— Carlos A. Rodríguez (@CarlosHappyNPO) December 24, 2019
Not the expected social media post but Humblebeast‘s Thomas’ track is worth a listen
To listen to it on Apple Music go here.
With so much emphasis on Christmas service, a refocusing is most welcome
Don't sell me on the Christmas eve service by telling me that it'll be brief.
Don't sell me by telling me that it'll be family friendly.
Don't sell me by telling me that it'll be candlelit with classic hymns.
Tell me we'll glory in the incarnation, and I'm there.
— Esau McCaulley Ph.D (@esaumccaulley) December 24, 2019
Some posts from ChurchMag’s Instagram
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A key figure to the story of Jesus’ coming we consider Mary privileged. Now we have the privilege of God with us. More than a privilege for us that God chose to come to us. How do we welcome Him into our lives and introduce those in our world to Him? How do we bring His presence to the world around us? #advent #selah #adventcalendar #GodWithUs
Yes, Christmas isn’t exactly Jesus’ birthday, but there’s more good that can come from reflecting on what His coming or arriving means for us and our world than not.
There are so many other noteworthy Christmas social media posts I could’ve included. These are only a few. Is there anything you’ve come across online you’d like to share?