We celebrated Christmas Eve today at church and it wasn’t the usual Sunday service. After praise and worship, there was a short skit where three men talked about what Christmas is in Starbucks...
...followed by the same three guys playing the three wise men having a discussion about the birth of Jesus in Starbeth Cafe in Bethlehem.
Then pastor gave a very good sermon about Christmas.
I didn’t get the chance to take any notes but I remember a couple of new things I learnt from him:
1. The Jews knowing that the prophecy of the coming of Messiah was about to be fulfilled did not welcome the birth of Jesus but the magi who weren’t Jews were so excited about it they wanted to not only go and visit and give gifts, but to worship him.
2. The virgin Mary was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, not by sexual relations with a man, and with that Jesus did not inherit the sinful nature of man. And what the Holy Spirit did to “overshadow” Mary—the same way he overshadow the world when it was created—was when he prevented the sinful nature of Mary to be passed on to Jesus.
The birth of Jesus more than two thousand years ago marked the history where God became man to save us from ourselves, from our sins.
Even if you do not believe him, this happened in history and therefore you do need to ask the question, why?