Love Came Down: What difference does it make?

Christmas, in our Western culture, easily overshadows every other holiday. Even Easter, which for many Christians is the spiritual equinox in their calendar, is trumped each year by the rise of consumerism, capitalism and the true cost of materialism in December. As such, we can often be blinded to the true nature of the Manger and the virgin birth, as its significance diminishes and falls in the shadow of the growing dominance of a “secular Christmas” each year.

It’s easy to lose the sight to the true meaning of Christmas, and celebrate it in ways that are in direct opposition to its original intent.

Senior Assistant Pastor Geoff Leader reminds us that forgiveness is not exclusively what happens after we are buried, but has to do with the way we live right now and helps us to be fully aware of the powerful, subversive and insistent love that forgiveness offers everyone.

 

Isaiah 9:1-7

9:1  But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined.
You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (ESV)

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