The nativity: An Immigration Story

But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Phil 3:20).

No matter political affiliation, one cannot help but feel deep compassion for those fleeing their countries to find refuge in a new land. Their journey is fraught with uncertainty and danger as they risk their lives for better lives in new lands. This was true for the founders of Luther Memorial, so long ago, just as it is true for those one the border of Poland as well as the Rio Grande.

In many ways, the Christmas story is an immigration story in reverse. Jesus was not fleeing persecution and alienation. Rather, he was running toward it. Why would he do that? What was Jesus longing for when he left his heavenly home? The answer is YOU! Jesus became a sojourner in order to join you on your journey. Jesus experienced all the dangers of the road as he was born in a manger, had no place to lay his head, was betrayed, and ultimately killed. He did all of this so that he could take you to his home where no one is ever locked out and people from every nation gather. It is a land where there is enough food and drink for all.

During this Advent and Christmas season, as you find yourself on your own difficult journey, remember that you are not alone. Jesus is with you and so, too, is the church. If you are able, join us on Sundays as we sing hymns, receive the Lord’s Supper, have fellowship, dance around the Christmas Tree, share our gifts, and much more. We are not home yet, but it is always fun to love the people you travel with. Merry Christmas!

With love,

Pastor Russ