For years, I thought it was pointless to preach a sermon on Christmas Eve. I mean, how many Christmas Eve sermons have you actually remembered after Christmas Eve? Hmm? Yeah, me too. Not one. So I operated from the viewpoint that the gospel could speak for itself this one night of the year. The story of the incarnation is enough.
But then, I realized this is only true for people who already believe. For everyone else, it’s just a nice story. It makes us feel all fuzzy and warm, and for an hour or so, we can bask in the gentle glow of candlelight. We can pretend that the cute baby in the manger sleeps in heavenly peace, and won’t bother us too much with the reality of our human existence.
And that’s where we’d be wrong. Continue reading