Mess. It’s just one word. One syllable that brings to mind a whole load of images… messy ones! And at Christmas time, this one messy syllable word seems to shift into top gear! I remember when I was young, my brother and I would tear through our festive wrapped gifts as if we were competing in an Olympic sport (Winter Olympics, I suppose). I think of the post-Christmas dinner-plate pile-up in the kitchen and the décor of Celebration wrappers between the sofas.
It’s fair to say there was a fair bit of mess at the very first Christmas too. As Mary and Joseph trekked down to Bethlehem for a census, there was no room for them to stay. So the young couple 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 verses 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 not the central story. 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. There’s 3 letters added to the Mess – i.a.h. and those letter changes everything.
Here’s a 4-minute Spoken Word video from the Bible Society. It’s called Mess.