When Paul reflects on the wonder of Jesus' life, death, resurrection, and ascension, he says that we can experience "the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1.27). Many of us are tempted to compartmentalize Jesus into part of our lives, but for the earliest Christians, Jesus disrupted everything--for the better. In Jesus, God was moving toward us. God was joining with us. God was eventually going to move in us--into our very souls.

In this series we will connect the Christmas story with the ways in which Christ is still with us. The Jesus who slept in a crib of hay is the same Jesus who dwells with us through the presence of the Spirit. This is a great mystery. This is the very dynamic that the hope of the cosmos hinges on. In fact, it is this hope that beckons us to bring Christ to the world.