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Summary: We often think of Christmas in terms of peace … and this can begin to be reduced to that which is cozy and comfortable. But the events that we are invited to enter… begin with the opposite…

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As we enter the Christmas season… a term that is often referred to is “the Christmas spirit.’

It may be a parent telling their children to get a better attitude… or hinting to your boss to give

you some extra slack or time off.

But what really is the Christmas spirit?

Perhaps there are many qualities that come to mind that this season can bring.

Generosity… peace… hope in the midst of uncertainty…wonder & worship…

Many qualities get muddled… deep within the events… flows divine qualities that beckon

us…but get so easily mixed with this thing called ‘the holidays’

I would suggest that celebrating the holidays…and entering into the true spirit of Christmas…

of what flows from the birth of Christ… are two different things.

> Series… “Restoring the True Spirit of Christmas”

We often think of Christmas in terms of peace … and this can begin to be reduced to that which

is cozy and comfortable. But the events that we are invited to enter… begin with the opposite…

interruption.

Matthew 1:18-25 (NIV)

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This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married

to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy

Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to

public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an

angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid

to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his

people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the

prophet: 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him

Immanuel"--which means, "God with us." 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of

the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he had no union with her

until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

This is only a portion of the events… and a poetic summary….

What God was doing… didn’t offer some sort of cozy quaint retreat. Now I know we all have

Hallmark cards that look pretty shiny.

> The reality is that these lives were not called into retreat… but RISK.

“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about…”

Got enters a womb and creates what is a social outrage and a political threat…. And those

involved must enter and every one of those who enter the story have a choice.

The wonder of Christmas that captures something in our spirits… is that a world that something

entered the world that was truly right… something to make things right… and what it was and

how it came was itself an act so divine it holds wonder for every soul who ponders it.

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It was light entering darkness.

Perhaps the initial step in restoring the spirit of Christmas… is to realize that it is not simply

that of light… the light of God… but such light entering darkness.


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