On this Christmas morning as I meditate on the coming of our Savior I am struck by both the singularity and the plurality of this pivotal moment in history.
As North American evangelicals we tend to focus on the singularity of Christ. How I must accept Jesus as my Savior and my Lord. That it’s about my personal relationship with Jesus. And I, as one of these evangelicals, believe this is the critical point in beginning the abundant life that Christ has promised. But it’s not the whole story. There’s much more to Christianity than just me, myself, and mine. From the singularity of Amazing Grace Christ calls us to the plurality of Go tell it on the mountain.
Isaiah prophesied 2,700 years ago, “unto us a child is born”. Jesus Himself most often talked about the kingdom of heaven in the plural. “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” and “May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me” for just a couple of examples.
Yes, the singularity of personally knowing Him is the foundation of Christianity but we are compelled by the Spirit to quickly move from this singularity to the plurality of making Him known.