“The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1.35
Christmas parties. Whether you are three, twenty-three or a hundred and three, there’ll always be a party just suited to you. The activities of the party will be determined by your age. Everything from passing the parcel to kissing under the mistletoe.
One of the forms of Christmas party in my teenage years was the Christmas social. It was one of those Christmas party-type events with lots of country dancing-type games. However, for all the hopes that boys had of meeting the girl of their dreams, and the girls had of meeting the boy of their dreams, most were rather reluctant when the music started to ask anyone to join them as their partner!
Some of the early church fathers talked about God in terms of a dance. Such was the unity of Father, Son and Spirit and love they had for each other, their interaction seemed like that of people dancing. Taking the illustration a little further, they said that God was inviting us to join Him in the dance.
I hope it doesn’t sound irreverent to refer to the verse today as the first Christmas party. It’s just that the more you think over these words, the more you can sense the excitement. The angel Gabriel is at the party. The Holy Spirit is going to be there as well. The Father has organised all the proceedings. And it’s all in honour of the Son. The whole Trinity is involved in this world shaking event!
And Mary is invited to join in this greatest event in history. Someone once said that the kingdom of God is a party. So is the incarnation. A Christmas party celebrating the arrival of God in the world in the most unexpected way.
Good news is we’re invited to the party as well. And God’s asking “Do you want to dance?”