Jesus calls us to live into a new attitude of being in relationship to God. A life based on hope, respect, and remembrance of that which is good.
It would be easy to overlook the importance of Paul's message in his transitional section of 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. It is, however, the earliest written record of the core Christian belief that Christ died for our sins and that together with his resurrection, constitutes the foundation of our faith. Paul explains the humility of his own apostolic ministry by claiming that "I am what I am by grace."
We should not limit God and we should not let others limit God's power in us. Because God made us all, we are all marvelously made.
When we are separated from God, we live in darkness. Jesus coming into the world broke through that darkness so that we might see and experience once and for all what living in the light really means. The light brings hope and the power to change. It is up to us to embrace the light.
The season of Advent asked the question "How can this be? The Christmas response is "with God, all things are possible." Like Joseph, Mary, the Shepards, and the three Wise Men say "yes to God." In your life say "yes" to God as God said "yes" to wanting to be with us.
Don't be afraid, for all things are possible with God. Fear can stop us from doing a lot of things. The Christmas story says that we should not be afraid, for God is with us. "How can this be" "God is with you."