I have in the past quoted two non-traditional verses that describe the meaning of Christmas, when Jesus came to this earth at Bethlehem. The angels told the shepherds: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Lk. 2:11). The two verses are:
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).
“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Heb. 2:14-15).
I add another verse from our reading this week. Luke quotes Peter’s words from his sermon: “Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Ac. 4:11-12).
Jesus was “given to mankind” – the greatest Christmas gift was the original gift of God’s Son, given to us for our salvation. Peter announced, “Salvation is found in no one else!” Peter had earlier heard Jesus say about Himself: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (Jn. 14:6).
This Sunday, Christmas Day, Phil was lead those who come to the ICF to reflect on Christmas. Last Sunday, Casey presented the beginning of the exciting events in Acts 3. On Sunday, New Year’s Day, I will lead us to rejoice over the conclusion of those events in Acts 4. Hope to see you there!