The True Wonder of the Season
Rev. Jeff Wood, First Presbyterian Church of Sebastian
Legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi, said that there are three important things in life: Family, Religion, and the Green Bay Packers. There are three important things in the New Testament: Jesus born, Jesus died, and Jesus risen. You cannot, in this case, have two and three without one. He cannot die if he hadn’t been born. He cannot rise if he hadn’t died. So the latter two depend on the former one.
In this December season of Advent and Christmas wonder, the wonder of the wonders, is that this first of the important three things in the New Testament is the Jesus who is born is God. Many people have many different definitions about God. It’s important to understand what the original authors and audience mean by God. They mean the uncreated creator of all that is, seen and unseen. They mean the God of the Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures). This one was without peer and to be revered completely. The one who made the stars, then, is the one who came in Jesus. One author, John, says that the mystery of God was showing up in Jesus in a way that he could live on our street (tabernacled among us).
The wonderful wonder of Christmas is that we are not alone, there is a God, and that he has come in Jesus Christ to live on our street.
Rev. Jeff Wood, First Presbyterian Sebastian, 1405 Louisiana Ave, Sebastian, FL 32958 (772-589-5656)