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“To get ready for Christmas, God undressed. God stripped off his finery and appeared – how embarrassing – naked on the day he was born. . .

God could not be God-with-us if he wasn’t flesh...

As evangelicals we have focused on the saving death of Christ but thrown out the Incarnation in our Christmas wrappings.

As we cover God with Christmas, we hide what is most distinctive about Christianity. And this is the tragedy: What many don’t know about Christianity is that God has chosen to identify with their pain, their humanness, their flesh.

This is what we’ve lost as we’ve exchanged the Feast of the Incarnation for Christmas."

SOURCE: Mary Ellen Ashcroft, “Gift Wrapping God,” Christianity Today, 12-8-97, p. 32-33. From "God in a Body" by Matthew Rogers on www.sermoncentral.com.

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