by Kenneth Boa

Preparing for Christmas (Christmas Past, Present, and Future)
Dr. Ken Boa
Genesis 3:14-15, Micah 5:2, Isaiah 7:14, 53:1-12; Zechariah 9:9, Psalm 22:1-16, Luke 2:10-11, 24:24-25, 44; John 1:1, 14; Romans 14:11

Our Father, we give You great thanks for who You are and what You've done for us. We recognize, Lord, that You are the initiator. In Your loving initiatives You pursue us. In this pursuit You desire a relationship with us, one in which we can be called Your sons and daughters; one in which we can find that true security, that true sense of acceptance, that true significance, in the center of all being, namely You. And I pray, Lord, that we might come to know You, and knowing You, to love You, and loving You, to be willing to trust You, and trusting You, willing to follow and obey the things that You ask us to do for our good. I pray in Christ's name, Amen.

The story goes about a man who was a very, very good man, a man who was concerned for his family, and for his neighbors, but a man who struggled with a particular issue at this time of year. This was a man who could not buy into the idea of the living God coming down into space-time history and becoming one of us. The idea of the incarnation seemed to him to be such a remote fantasy, so preposterous that he was unwilling to go to church on Christmas Eve with his family. When he made that announcement to them and when they prepared and left, he decided that he would just take the evening and read the newspaper. He noticed that a storm was beginning to blow in. The snowstorm came in with such suddenness that the flurries were everywhere. He was happy to be in his cozy house there, pulled out the newspaper and sat by the fireplace and began to read.

Suddenly he heard a thud at his window. And there it was again, another thud, and a third, and he began to wonder what was going on. Some kids out there already making snowballs, throwing them at my picture window? So he goes to the front door, opens it ...

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