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The Wonder of it All

the real Light which gives light to every man came into the world
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98:1-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18

Sermon Week Christmas Day Cycle C

Scripture Summary John 1:9

There is a "Peanuts" comic strip in which little Lucy says that Christmas is a time for kindness and goodwill when we accept one another -- welcoming others into our homes and lives. Charlie Brown responds, saying, "Why just Christmas? Why can't we be kind and accepting and hospitable all through the year?" To which Lucy replies, "What are you, some kind of religious fanatic?"

In December, the weather becomes colder, and people become warmer. Colorful decorations give homes, offices, and stores their annual festival look. Christmas Carols ring out in the downtown shops and restaurants. It’s that time of year when strangers are more likely to talk to each other than at other times. And friends who haven't been in touch all year send cards full of news and warm greetings.

Why so much goodwill in the Season we call Christmas? Why all the celebrating? Because a little more than two thousand years ago, planet earth was visited by God in a unique way. In the birth of the Lord Jesus, we see God reaching out to reveal His Goodness and to bring new hope to His human family.

A famous New York Drama Critic once wrote a review of a Musical Play in which he said that the composer's inner joy was so beautifully reflected in his music that "One imagines that as he is walking down the Avenue, he is singing the street signs."

Isn't that delightful to hear as we gather here today to celebrate Christmas? And isn't it delightful beyond words that Christmas calls forth the sweetest of songs in our hearts? For, the Christmas Message proclaims that we do indeed have something to sing about -- and sing it from the rooftops!

We hear the Christmas angels singing, "Oh come with us, abide with us, Our Lord Immanuel."

Immanuel: God with us. Whether or not that message of the angels compels us to go out and sing street signs, it remains, now and forever, a profound message of human hope, and warmth and dignity, and beauty. And it declares exactly what we have come to hear in this [...]

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