Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Christmas day is sooo near!
From the very beginnings of the Christmas celebration in the early fourth century, the theme of the Christmas season has always been the arrival of the light-the light that has come to dispel darkness.
Historically, three services were celebrated on Christmas day, the midnight service, a service on Christmas morning, and another on Christmas night. The texts of these services stress the birth of Christ, but in such a way that the birth is not isolated from the death of Christ and his coming again. What is at the heart of Christmas is the gospel-the overthrow of evil and the establishment of God's reign in our lives and over a restored creation.