A Story to Tell
Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
Merry Christmas! I really hope you had the opportunity to visit one of our twenty Christmas services this year because they were great!
Throughout this Short Stories series we have looked at some major characters in the Christmas story: Mary, Joseph, and Herod. So in the message, Cal built a nativity scene on stage and talked through each of the characters; Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the Magi, the shepherds, and even Herod (played by a Darth Vader action figure, since no nativity sets include him). Building this nativity set, Cal explained that the story of Jesus’ birth can teach us four things:
1. You are invited into the story!
The shepherds came and saw Jesus through a huge invitation, and God is inviting you into the story just the same!
2. God will reach out to you wherever you are.
No one is beyond God’s reach – just like the lowly shepherds a few miles away or the wealthy and powerful Magi in Persia, God reaches out to all of us where we’re at.
3. When you look closely at Jesus, you’ll see God!
Jesus is the fullness of God, so when we read about Jesus we can see the exact representation of God!
4. When you do look, there’s always more than you will see.
It’s easy to chalk things up to coincidence, but when you look hard at the details of life, you’re sure to see that God has been working in all things, good or bad, for the good of those who love Him.
So now what? Once we’ve heard the story, what do we do? Our responsibility is to tell others about it – the good news of Jesus and what he’s done in our lives. Those of us who have experienced Christ have to tell others. Are you spreading the story?
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
Philippians 2:6-8; Luke 2:4-7, 9-14, 17-18; Psalm 66:5; Psalms 34:8; Hebrews 1:3a; Colossians 2:9; Romans 8:28;
“Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked ‘No Entrance’ and left through a door marked “No Exit.’” Peter Larson
“There were only a few shepherds at the first Bethlehem. The ox and the ass understood more of the first Christmas than the high priests in Jerusalem. And it is the same today.” Thomas Merton
The King is Coming – William Gaither
O Come Let Us Adore Him – Central Music
Joy to the World – Central Music
Away in a Manger – Central Music
O Holy Night – Brady Toops
Silent Night – Franz Xaver Gruber
If you didn’t get to see it, we performed Away in a Manger in the services. It was a special song arranged by our very own worship team. Not only that, but all the shots were taken by Central’s video team just outside of Flagstaff! You can watch the whole thing below: