"Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."
This is the spirit of Christmas: venturing forth to discover what God has given for the benefit of all.
"So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger."
The birth of Jesus into the world is a revelation that the world is still trying to adequately comprehend. Particularly challenging is the idea of the grace of God appearing to bring salvation to all, as the Letter to Titus puts it (2:11). Jesus was born for all, died for all, and was raised for all. This is a sacred fact (no alternatives). And yet it is a fact of such tremendous import, it can take a lifetime to appreciate -- certainly it took that long for Jesus' disciples.
"They were amazed!" at what an angel proclaimed: "I am bringing you good news of great joy for all people -- to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord."
Join us to celebrate the miracle of the birth of Jesus on Sunday, December 24th at 4:30 pm (family service), 9pm (choir & incense), or December 25th at 10am (contemplative). Full information on services is here.