Advent Justice: Little People Loom Large to God

I never cease to be amazed that God chose insignificant Israel to be his very own people, that he chose the shepherd boy David over Saul and all his brothers, that he chose the little town of Bethlehem for the birthplace of the Messiah, that he chose the barren Elizabeth to bear the forerunner and young Mary to be the mother of the Messiah, that he chose the lowly shepherds to receive the lofty angelic proclamation, the aged Simeon and widow Anna to witness the Messiah’s appearance, and small people like me—Paul.

The Caesars of this world will continue on with the census and taxes and the Herods of our day will go on the rampage whenever threatened. But God is not taxed or threatened. They cannot undo his plan to bless all people, no matter how they try to make it all about them and fellow Romans, royals, rich, and famous.

This Christmas, be cognizant of the lonely and shut ins and little people, just like God. Be mindful of the widows and orphans and aliens in their distress, just like God. Remember that God in all his greatness is humble and lowly, too. In the baby Jesus, God looms large. Like Mary, may Jesus loom large in us anew:

46 And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

56 And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home. (Taken from Luke 1, ESV)

I am excited that The Justice Conference Portland will be hosted by New Wine @ Multnomah U. This event is a great opportunity to engage justice themes such as those I’ve raised here. I hope you’ll join us on February 21+22 for The Justice Conference Portland.

This piece is cross-posted at The Christian Post.

About Paul Louis Metzger

Dr. Paul Louis Metzger is the Founder and Director of The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins and Professor at Multnomah Biblical Seminary/Multnomah University. He is the author of numerous works, including "Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths" and "Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church." These volumes and his others can be found wherever fine books are sold.

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