Perhaps we have all heard the frustration of the little boy whose mother was always on his case about washing his hands and saying his prayers. “God and germs, God and germs, that’s all I ever hear about, and I’ve never seen either one of them!” The wonderful truth about our faith is that we have seen God. We have seen him and we have beheld his glory. God became a human. The Word became fleshed and walked among us, says John. This is what we call incarnation. This is what Christmas is all about. We know hope and peace and joy and hope because we know God who became enfleshed in the body of Jesus of Nazareth who is the living Christ.
And guess who we are called to be? The church is the body of Christ. As the church, we are called to be the embodiment of Jesus Christ in this world. We have an incarnate faith. We are called not only to share the good news of Christmas; we are called to be Christmas. We are the manifestation of God in the world. We are the enfleshed presence of God in this world. We are called to be hope and peace and joy and love to a world which so desperately needs it.
This is the question that I believe the church needs continually to ask: When people see our church, living and working and serving and being in this world, will they see God? Will they see the embodiment of Jesus Christ, living and working and serving and being in this world? When people see us, will they see Christmas?