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CHRISTMAS MAKES EVERYTHING NEW

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CHRISTMAS MAKES EVRYTHING NEW“For all that’s been broken
For all that’s best lost
Every road that we’ve taken at too high a cost
For all of our longing for what might have been
Christmas makes everything new.
Love makes a promise to me and you
Christmas makes everything new.”

CHRISTMAS CHANGES EVERYTHING

“Christmas Makes Everything New” is my NEW, favorite Christmas song!

Christmas changes everything – even dividing time into BC and AD – “Anno Domini” – “The year of our Lord.”

Christmas changes how we spell God – “E-M-M-A-N-U-E-L” – “God is with us.”

Christmas changes broken relationships, broken hearts, broken dreams.

North Pointe’s Choir, under the direction of Sean Morton, rocked out these hopeful lyrics over three worship gatherings.

A NEW WAY OF KNOWING GOD

Christmas is the answer to the quandary of a man who told me, “For me, God is a big entity somewhere out there. He is neither personal, nor caring, nor loving. Never has been. At least not for me. How do I shed a harsh image of God? This is the only God I know. I can’t seem to find the loving God some speak of.”

Christmas shatters any idea that God is some kind of vengeful tyrant. The image of a harsh, punishing deity is contradicted when we discover that God was incarnated in a baby in Bethlehem’s manger.

God changed places.

Heaven came to earth.

God became man.

Infinity squeezed into a finite form.

The eternal became bound by time.

The invincible became vulnerable.

God came to our neighbourhood.

AUTHENTICITY CANNOT BE OBSERVED FROM A DISTANCE

In 1999 I met Prime Minister Jean Chretien in his neighbourhood in Ottawa, but he’s never come to my neighbourhood.

I 1994 I met Mark Messier in the Oiler’s dressing, but he’s never come to my neighbourhood.

God came to our neighbourhood.

Why? Because authenticity cannot be observed from a distance.

POWER AND LOVE

What we realize with the birth of Jesus is that God is a loving God who was willing to give up power in order to express His love.

At Christmas we are reminded that the same God who had the power to toss the galaxies into outer space and set electrons spinning in inner space loved us enough to set aside all that power in order to show that love.

The good news is that 2,000 years ago, God showed us His love by emptying Himself of power and coming into the world as a vulnerable infant child.

THE SCANDALOUS DECLARATION OF CHRISTMAS

The scandalous declaration of Christians is that the Bethlehem child is none other than the creator God, having become one of us.

From Bethlehem to Jerusalem, we learn that God is not a condemning God, but a friend to the broken.

“There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.”Romans 8:1

Christmas makes everything new!

Jesus is all the proof needed that in His love, there can be peace on earth and good will for you.

Listen to Mackenzie Morton, Josie Cole and the North Pointe Rock Choir’s version of “Christmas Makes Everything New.”

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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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