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Christmas is about everything new.


And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." (Luke 2:8-12)
Angles we have heard on High is a well know and favorite carol we hear each year at Christmas. It is a Tra­di­tion­al French car­ol  (Les Anges dans Nos Cam­pagnes). It was trans­lat­ed from French to Eng­lish by James Chad­wick and published in 1862 in the Crown of Je­sus.

We sing...
Come to Bethlehem and see 
Christ, whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord, the new-born King.


Christmas is about everything new. New life, new beginnings, new order, new power, and a brand new and very unique Kingdom.

This new Kingdom would be just as unique and radical as they and everyone who came in contact with Jesus discovered him to be. A kingdom that was completely different, completely unique, and could not be seen in the same way as earthly kingdoms could be seen.

This new Kingdom would have a different kind of power, different priorities, and a different purpose.

It would not be ruled by riches and violence, but by love and grace. It would not begin with an army taking over a large population of people. It would begin with a humble King laying down his own life for all people everywhere.

It would start with a few unimportant people who believe in this radically unique King. It would not grow by a large takeover or great force, but one person at a time freely accepting the King and his ways.

It would be nothing like the kingdoms man established. It would be a vast kingdom without end, set apart from the kingdoms of this world, with a beginning in a smelly stable in a small unimportant town.

It would begin as a baby.

Christmas is a celebration of the NEW. A celebration rooted in necessity, paid for on the Cross, realized through the resurrection, and rippling through the world in lived out lives. Yes Jesus is the reason for the season. Jesus is the very reason we can celebrate new life at Christmas, at Easter, and every day of our lives.



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7 comments:

  1. May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  2. Nice blog bro. If you don't mind would you like to exchange links with mine? thanks

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  3. This is an absolutely awesome picture and goes great with your post

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  4. Brad, for this coming New Year 2010: Take a deep breathe, try and take a half hour a day just for you. Close your eyes and just meditate. Lite a candle, keep all noises at bay and don't think of anything, clear your mind.

    But before you do that, have a rock and roll time tonight as it's New Years Eve, have a wonderful New Years, Glenn

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  5. This makes me think of a Steven Curtis Chapman song, "You Make All Things New." All throughout Scripture, we find that God is the God of making things new: He makes us new creatures, He is coming back to give us a new heaven and a new earth. And it all started with the baby Jesus.

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  6. That photo made me burst out laughing. So adorable!

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