Friday, 15 December 2017

Born a crime

What are you reading at the moment?
I am reading Trevor Noah's autobiography entitled 'Born a Crime' and it really is a fascinating read. It has challenged me on a number of fronts, especially as a South African. However, the one thing that keeps coming back to me, is the title of the book. Trevor was born into a South African context that didn't allow black and white people to be married to one another - it was a crime in those days. So, when Trevor took his first breath, he was considered to be the result of a criminal act.

It got me thinking about Jesus' birth.
For some, he was also born a crime. He was also seen as an upstart and someone who was challenging the religious law of the day. Even King Herod wasn't too happy about his birth. In a similar sense, Jesus was born into a world that didn't want him. And when he died, they crucified him as if he was a criminal. He was willing to go through all of this hatred just for us.

"When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born." - Matthew 2:3-4 

What does Jesus' birth mean for you this year?

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