Home For Christmas
H. Edwin Young
December 20, 1992
That's Christmas. The word is 'epiphany.' It means to shine forth. It is an explosion of light. Epiphany. Christmas. That explosion, light shining forth. It all began on those Judean hills with an angelic chorus singing out announcing the arrival of the Son of God. Let's listen to the familiar story in Luke chapter 2. "And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world would be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one unto his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David which is called Bethlehem because he was of the house and lineage of David. He went to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife being great with child. And so it was that while they were there the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign (a symion) unto you. Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger."'
Let's pray together:
Father, today is one of those days when we come to Your house and we are overwhelmed with that which we celebrate, that which we commemorate. But Father, we're here to remember that birth beyond all births, the Virgin Birth. That unspeakable gift. That epiphany. That light that explod ...
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