How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who brings good news,
the good news of peace and salvation,
the news that the God of Israel reigns!
The watchmen shout and sing with joy,
for before their very eyes
they see the Lord returning to Jerusalem.
Let the ruins of Jerusalem break into joyful song,
for the Lord has comforted his people.
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord has demonstrated his holy power
before the eyes of all the nations.
All the ends of the earth will see
the victory of our God.
Isaiah 52:7-10, NLT
It's easy to forget what the purpose of Christmas is. We think about the presents and the parties, and of course, Mary having to give birth in a stable. But how many times have you really sat down and thought about Christ being born? God came down to earth in human form.
Take a moment and watch this video about one woman's thoughts about Jesus's becoming the Incarnate God, or God becoming human.
The reason Christmas is the second most important day in the Christian year is because of God, the most powerful and most holy, made himself like us and came down to earth to be with us. He celebrated birthdays like us, ate like us, and slept like us.
We go through all of the craziness of Christmas and sometimes miss the whole point of it. God gave himself to us as a gift. It started when he was born as the baby Jesus, and it ended when he died and resurrected Easter morning.
This Christmas morning, I hope you'll enjoy your time with your family. If you come and worship with us, we will spend some time look further into this idea of the Good News of Christmas and what that has to do with the God who was born on Christmas morn.
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Faith Parry serves as our Associate Pastor, and has been at the church since 2015. When she's not preaching and teaching, she enjoys documentaries and TV. Read more about Faith here.