Advent—Jesus Entering Our Life

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus.”

Imagine if I were to find myself in Rome outside St. Peter’s. Imagine further that I, with my meager credentials of almost an MA in political philosophy, began teaching the Gospel boldly. Around me are seekers. But also around me are people who are set apart, who have arrays of advanced degrees in theology and ministry. Imagine further that people listened to my teaching because it had the power of Jesus, whom I am following. And the M.Div.’s and D.D.’s and Ph.D.’s–what are they thinking?

There were Peter and John shortly after Jesus’s ascension. They never went to Rabbi school. They had no degrees. No resume. But they had spent their lives studying the Scriptures for signs of the Messiah. More important, they had devoted three years to studying under a Rabbi–an acceptable practice then just as now.

During my first trip to Jerusalem, I saw men wearing overcoats and fur hats. “Their Rabbi is from Poland. They dress and act just like their Rabbi.”

What was notable about the religious leaders’ description of Peter and John? “They…recognized them as companions of Jesus.”

On the spiritual side of Christmas, we celebrate Jesus entering the world as a human. The personal side of Christmas is to celebrate Jesus entering our lives.

The challenge is–do people see it in us?

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