The prologue of John, which we heard this morning, may seem either like the simplest or the most complex poetry we’ve ever heard.The bottom line message offered by John’s introduction to the person and role of Jesus in our salvation is that before and through all time and eternity, God offers us both our creation and salvation, by the act of God releasing and revealing Godself to us.
Our Christmas message this evening shows up in an expected place. We all have heard the story of the baby in the manger from Luke’s gospel, and although there’s actually very little detail about the birth of Jesus, the circumstances tell us a great deal about the intent of God in this miraculous meeting of the holy and mundane. But in many ways, the concise statement from Paul’s letter to Titus speaks to us more precisely about the deep importance of this extraordinary event. Paul tells us the Christmas message in one sentence: The grace of God appeared, and all are saved. . Luke describes the event and locates it in history, Paul tells us why it’s important