Why did he come?
In his own words:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim
release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." (Luke 4:18-19, NRSV)
As we rejoice this Christmas at the coming of the Christ Child, may we also reflect on God's gentle reminder:
There are still poor.
There are still captives.
There are still blind.
There are still oppressed.
And for millions, no year of the Lord's favor has come to forgive the crushing burden of debt and poverty.
Exult with us as we celebrate the Child in the manger, who came that we might have abundant life.
And pray with us as we remember how much there is still to do.
Warmest blessings to you at Christmas.
National Council of Churches USA