Jesus was not a new idea. Whilst he was born into the world as a child, a new human being, he was not a stranger to this world. He was the Word that began creation and he was there when time and space began.
“He was with God in the beginning” (John 1:2)
Before the Creation came to its full maturity, God was. In relationship, in eternity, outside of the time, God existed. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I am not going to try and explain it here (partly because this is a blog and a full explanation would require several libraries and partly because I want to think about Christmas).
Jesus was with God, in God, part of God, God… right at the start.
Before humanity was formed and walked with God. Before the first sin of pride led to the expulsion of humanity from the garden and the destruction of the relationship that gave everyday intimacy as we walked with God. Before everything, God.
It is vital to believe, even if we find it hard to understand, that God was and is and is to come. He is not simply pre-existent, He transcends existence and time. It is the reason that the name of God is, I AM.
“In the beginning God…” (Genesis 1:1)
Were it not so, Christmas would be nothing. God is. Jesus is.
Christmas is not simply a party to celebrate humanity and niceness. Christmas is about a reconnection with the eternal God through the eternal Son by the power of the eternal Spirit.
Before the beginning of time and perception there is Jesus, who submitted to the limitations of mundane existence for the sake of the rescue of lost humanity. Christmas makes sense without this truth… but it has no real meaning.
It needs to be said and, by faith, accepted as true. Jesus is God. Christmas is about the birth of God into human experience in order to offer re-Creation to the human race.
Jesus was and is and is to come. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. And he was born.