In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:1, 14
In the popular reality TV show “Undercover Boss,” CEOs go to work as ordinary people within their own companies. Subject to the same income, policies, and managers as the other workers, the CEOs are often motivated to make leadership changes and provide special assistance to the employees they befriended during their undercover experience. When an overbearing supervisor unknowingly mistreats or speaks harshly to the CEO-in-disguise, viewers begin to look forward to the moment when the true identity of the CEO is revealed.
What is Christmas really about when you peel away the myths and legends, gift-buying and giving, and holiday customs and social gatherings? It’s the story of the time when the CEO of the universe went “undercover” among us. The timeless and eternal God stepped down quietly out of eternity and slipped into our neighborhood. Entering our time and space as the baby Jesus, he emerged as the Lord of Lords, and the astounding story of His visit continues to be told and re-told through the ages. Carrying out a divine rescue mission with a human heart pounding with love, He chose to come. And for those of us who know Him, He walks with us still. His birth was the beginning of a revolution.
A revolution represents a radical change in something. Over the next 25 days leading up to Christmas, I want to point out the revolutionary nature of our sacred celebration.