The foundation of Christmas
As this beautiful, cloudless morning lays quiet in snow-covered splendor, it’s easy to let my mind wander back to the day that the Christmas story truly began.
Long before St. Nick and so many other things that have become associated with Christmas, in the small town of Bethlehem was born the child Jesus.
We can allow so many other things to come in and fight for our attention and affections this time of year, but in reality, Christmas at it’s foundation is about Jesus Christ, born in a stable, laid in a manger, and from that very day proclaimed in heaven and on earth as the savior of the world.
Our ways of celebrating Christmas vary greatly. The words we say, the songs we sing, the observances we make, are as different as can be. And yet, the Bible tells us in the Gospel of Luke chapter 2:
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night (verse 8). And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear (verse 9).
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy” that will be for all the people (verse 10).
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (verse 11).
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby “wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” (verse 12).
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’” (verses 13-14).
Our prayer, here at Eagle River Church of the Nazarene is that for the Chugiak-Eagle River area is that Christmas, the birth of Jesus, will truly be, “good news of great joy.” We would like to invite you to join us at 10:45 on Sunday, Dec. 29 morning for our Christmas service.
Jerry Godfrey is a pastor at Eagle River Church of the Nazarene.