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C e l e b r a Ɵ n g 1 0 0 y e a r s o f m i n i s t r y
Real. Simple. Holy. Joy.How does one deﬁne Christmas? Countless books, songs,hymns, sermons and arƟcles have aƩempted to deﬁne themeaning of the Christmas
.Four words come to my mind about Christmas: Real. Sim
-ple. Holy. Joy.Christmas is RealSo much of what happens at Christmas simply isn’t real. Weerect arƟﬁcial trees with fake snow — beauƟful, but not real. Inﬂatablereindeer and inﬂatable snowmen inhabit our yards – fun, but not real. Wespend unreal money (we call it “credit”) on things we really don’t need.Even the pace of this season isn’t real. We go from store to store, party toparty and halfway through the season many say, “I can’t wait to get back tothe real world; get back to a normal rouƟne.” It’s easy, therefore to forgetthat the reason for this season is real.Christmas is real. John writes,
“In the beginning was the Word, and theWord was with God and the Word was God….The Word became ﬂesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the Oneand Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Christmas is historically real. Jesus was born in Bethlehem’s manger.Unlike fairy tales or fables set in a fantasy land “far, far away,” Jesus’ lifetook place in real Ɵme. The gospels give us places, locaƟons, proper namesand circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth. Christmas is historically real.But Christmas is also
real. John says, “We have seen his glo-ry…” Not only does John tell us that God became ﬂesh, he says that he (andothers) saw His glory. Christmas is a Ɵme to see “his glory.” May each of usencounter the reality of Christ this Christmas.Christmas is SimpleIf there is a word that seems NOT to describe the contemporary versionof Christmas, it’s “simple.” In fact, Christmas in our day is oŌen extremelycomplex. The lists, presents, decoraƟons, food and so forth can be incredi-bly complex.The core of Christmas, however, is simple. MaƩhew describes it,
“‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife,because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
She will give birth