Of all the amazing things associated with the life of Jesus, which one is the most difficult to believe?
• Crucifixion? That Jesus could and would die on a cross, and that His death would enable the Almighty God to forgive our sins.
• Resurrection? That Jesus came back to life physically, just days after being executed on a cross.
• Miracles? That Jesus healed every type of disease and affliction and even brought dead people back to life, in addition to calming storms, walking on water and feeding thousands of people with small amounts of food.
As was mentioned last Sunday night, J. I. Packer, in his book Knowing God, proposes an entirely different answer – Christmas!
The supreme mystery with which the gospel confronts us is not in the Good Friday message of atonement, nor in the Easter message of resurrection, but in the Christmas message of incarnation. The really staggering Christian claim is that Jesus of Nazareth was God made man.
It is here, in the thing that happened at the first Christmas, that the profoundest and most unfathomable depths of the Christian revelation lie. “The Word was made flesh” (John 1:14); God became man; the divine Son became a Jew; the Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, unable to do more than lie and stare and wriggle and make noises, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. And there was no illusion or deception in this; the babyhood of the Son of God was a reality. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is this truth of the incarnation.
We are blessed to have John York with us today to teach a combined Sunday School class, looking at the incredible story of Jesus’ birth from Luke’s Gospel – continuing the series Scott Sager began from Matthew’s Gospel last week. Tonight, some of our children will present portions of this same story dramatically and memorably during our 6:00 pm Worship. All of this is leading to a special celebration next Sunday – Christmas morning!
Remember, next Sunday we will all meet for Worship at 10:30 am. There will be no Sunday School and no early (8am) or evening (6 pm) Worship at Brentwood Hills on December 25. Our regular schedule resumes the following Sunday, New Year’s Day, January 1, 2012!
Church of Christ
5120 Franklin Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37220
Phone: (615) 832-2541
Fax: (615) 832-2583