On Sunday, the preacher expounded on Mark’s account of the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Seemed odd at the time but as I paused to consider his choice, it seemed wholly appropriate less than a week before Christmas. The story of the Nativity captures our imagination in a special sort of way, but choosing to consider the crucifixion as a “Christmas text” was no accident. The passion, death and resurrection of Jesus adds to the fascination of Immanuel’s story. A story that would otherwise be kind of pointless. Jesus didn’t come to earth just to wow us with a miracle of birth without human conception though that thought alone is mind-boggling. He came to earth to die for the sins of mankind. That unchangeable fact is the reason we celebrate “Good Tidings of Great Joy which shall be for all people.”

Yes indeed, that is the main point of his coming.

And speaking of “main points”, what do you think was the main point of the chaos of this past year from heaven’s perspective? Got any ideas? I’d love to hear your thoughts by making a comment below. Surely you’ve been thinking about it. 🙂

Happy New Year Everyone! God is still on the throne!

Tim

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2 Responses to "The right Christmas message"

  • Tamara says:

    At the beginning of the pandemic, I heard a sermon that described it as an unexpected Sabbath, which helped change my perspective of the chaos of last year.

    1. timcalcara says:

      I pray your sermon is right on, Tamara. I think many of us have been praying for revival in our land. Perhaps God was preparing our hearts with an “unexpected Sabbath” to get us ready for what comes next. Thanks for your comment. Blessings to you in 2021! Tim

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