Posted: December 2, 2011 by J in Church, Theology

Well it’s Christmas season again, time for Carols talks and Christmas day sermons. It’s a puzzling time for us evangelicals. We know that all the action really went on at Easter, but we’re not there: we’re at Christmas. It feels like celebrating the start of Year 12 instead of the end: just a little odd. Haven’t we all heard Easter sermons packaged as Christmas sermons – ‘this baby had to be born,  so he could die for us at the Cross…’?

I’m aware that other Christian traditions find more to celebrate at Christmas than we do, so maybe there’s more to say. Maybe a true Christmas sermon could be written after all.

Over the next few days here at The Grit, we’re hoping to explore the incarnation a bit. Could be a bumpy ride!

Here’s a question to kick off: if Jesus was born to die, why was it so important that God protect him from Herod’s murderous plot? Couldn’t Herod have taken the boy Jesus and strung him up in public as a would-be king of the Jews, like his mates did later to the man Jesus? Why was it so important that that not happen, and yet down the track so necessary that it happen?

I’m not sure of the answer, but even the question does suggest there’s more to this incarnation thing than we often hear of at Christmas services.

  1. Mike Wells says:

    Say what happened. Be in awe and wonder. Rejoice.

    That seems to be the pattern of the best Christmas stuff.

    I’ve got a bunch over at Dead Flies over the coming month

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