The purpose of the “Why Christmas” series is to explain the significance of Christmas as it relates to Christianity. For those who have never known the relationship between this holiday and our faith or even for those who have heard it countless times before; we aim to look at this holiday from multiple angles and answer the question “Why Christmas?”.
Week 1: Humanity
Looking at the events and characters leading up to the birth of Jesus and acknowledging the very human reality they lived in. From Mary being an engaged virgin becoming pregnant to Josephs desire to leave her once he found out. This story is steeped in a great amount of human emotions; stress, doubt, confusion and pain, to which Jesus is the answer.
Week 2: History
We look at the accounts of the birth of Christ through a historical lens. What prophecies were fulfilled, the tax that brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, the star that guided the three wise men’s pilgrimage, the accounts and writings of a king born of the Jews. The story of Jesus is not some fairy tale but a story backed by immense historical evidence.
Week 3: Spirituality
Taking the accounts to be true and relevant, we look into the spiritual implications and realities that the birth of Christ represents in our lives. How Christmas answers a spiritual need in all of us and the Divine Nature of God that is made available through the birth of Christ.
Week 4: Virtues
Love, Joy, Peace, Hope, Faith…. Virtues found in the story of the Birth of Christ that relate to all of us. On this Christmas Sunday we talk about why we all need the Christ of Christmas and the Abundant Life that Salvation brings to “as many as receive Him.”
Week 5: New Life
After the birth of Christ, we have New Life in Christ. We know that a healthy life requires vision and the expectation of a future. Now we can look forward to the new year and the promises of God to all who put their faith in Him.