Mess! The post-Christmas dinner-plate pile-up and wrapping paper on the floor
And it’s fair to say there was a fair bit of mess at the very first Christmas too. The young couple Mary and Joseph welcomed Jesus into the world, with a bunch of animals as his roommates. But Jesus didn’t just enter the mess of a downstairs room with a feeding trough, he entered the mess of our world too.
It was a message that has been posted in versus throughout scripture, one will come to fix up the mess. And if we invite him, he even enters the mess of our lives and offers to fix us. The Christmas story involves Mess, but it’s about the one who was born in the Mess.
You see ‘Mess’ is only central to the Christmas story when it’s an abbreviation. When it’s followed up with 3 letters i.a.h. – it changes everything.