“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!” (2:5-9)
Wreath Directions: Light all five candles to celebrate Christmas Day.
Read Aloud : Philippians 2:5-11
Suggested Carol: Joy to the World!
The Story of Christmas is the story of the Gospel — that God would come to dwell with His creation in the flesh and blood of that creation in order to reveal Himself to it and redeem it. And as we dwell on the incarnation of Christ today and enjoy family and friends, it’s important to note that the story of the manger is also the story of the cross. Jesus Christ was born to save us.
Philippians 2 is one of the greatest passages of Scripture about the incarnation. In its words we see the temporal progression of Jesus Christ from His eternal pre-existence as God with the Father and Spirit, to the humble taking on of human flesh, to His death on the cross and finally His exaltation after the cross. Jesus Christ became like us so that He might die in our place and offer Himself as our Savior. This is the message of Christmas just as much as it is Easter.
The Christmas Story we proclaim typically begins at the manger but it does not end until long after the cross. It is the Gospel Story, the good news that watchmen looked for in the Old Testament. It is the light that would shine in a darkened world, the peace that that would quell the storm that arises in every man’s heart, and the joy that sets his feet dancing. The incarnation of Jesus Christ means life.
And it’s a story worth telling every day.