The first Christmas sermon was preached to a small congregation consisting entirely of shepherds. The preacher was an angel.The message of his sermon? “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you.”
Savior. That word says as much about us as it does about this child. If the angel had said “a teacher has been born”or “a mentor has been born,” it would mean that within us exists the potential to fix all that is wrong with the world. It would mean we just need a bit of help: a coach, a mentor, a source of inspiration.
But the angel said, “A Savior has been born.” If one needs saving, it means he is totally helpless—completely lost—doomed, without outside intervention. That is how God the Father viewed us: helpless, lost, doomed. So, he sent more than a coach. He sent his only Son to be our Savior.
After December 25 the secular world is done with Christmas. But for the Church, the season of Christmas has just begun. For twelve glorious days—The Twelve Days of Christmas—we will ponder the nativity of the Son of God. We will celebrate what that nativity means. A Savior is born!
December 24 - A Savior Is Born to Change the World, services at 4pm and 6pm
December 25 - A Savior Is Born to Be the True Son, Sunday service at 9:30am
January 1 - A Savior Is Born to Dwell Among Us, Sunday service at 9:30am
January 8 - A Savior Is Born for All the Nations (Epiphany), Sunday service at 9:30am