Monday, September 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!

   Christmas is a season of giving.  It’s also a season of saving in order to buy in order to give.
   That’s the Christmas message, too, only backwards.
   God gives God’s self.  God enters into human history, our history.
   God buys our sin with his death.  God gives God’s blood for our sins.
   God saves us.  God bridges the gap between us and God formed by our sin.  God does it with the cross.
   That’s why Christmas is a season of giving.
   We give to others as an expression of our gratefulness for what God has done for us.
   We give to make sure no one is forgotten.
   We give to make sure that the most important message in human history is told again and again:
   Jesus was born to die out of love for all people.
   That’s a message worth celebrating.
   Merry Christmas!

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