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A Word from Pastor Jon
Once Upon a Holy Night
We are entering a Holy Season for Christians, the season of Advent and Christmas. We all understand our children’s excitement about the secular emphasis around this holiday, but we need to remember what makes Christmas so special. What makes this holiday a Holy Day?
We turn to John chapter 1 and verse 14 which gives us the insight we need.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. NIV
Jesus Christ who is the eternally begotten Son of God and the Son of Mary. He is both fully divine and fully human. From a historical perspective the coming of Jesus gave birth to the Christian community and our identity is centered in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. He is in fact the historical embodiment of who God is and Christ personifies a new relationship that is possible between God and humanity. The coming of Jesus Christ is the act and revelation of the Triune God to restore relationship between humanity and God, to bridge the relationship gap between God and us.
It is hard to believe but some of the heresies of the past are revisiting us again. Some who want to minimize the divinity of Christ and maximize the humanity. All of this to minimize the authority of His teachings. The early church dealt with this at the Council of Chalcedon which met in AD 451 and produced what is known as the “Chalcedonian Definition,” which affirms that Christ is truly God and truly man.
So, on that Holy night, it wasn’t just a good story, it was in fact one of the two great events (Incarnation & Resurrection) in human history. God’s love for you was so great that God became a man in the form of Jesus Christ, fully divine and fully human in order that we might know God in ways that we were not able to know God before. Christ paid the price to restore our relationship with the triune God. What wonderous love is this? Truly we celebrate a Holy Night.
Please avail yourself of the many opportunities to experience this Holy Day throughout December as noted in this Newsletter and may Christ be revealed to you in new ways this season.
May God richly bless you this season.