Zephaniah 3: 14 – 20
Psalm 61, 62
Titus 1: 1 – 16
Luke 1: 1 – 25
The Bible reports and interprets significant happenings. Whereas all of them are significant, the most important to our faith are those that relate to Jesus Christ, God-incarnate. They are not abstractions or theories or pantheistic generalities, but concrete, actual events localized in time and space. Long before Christmas, even with creation itself, God revealed God-self in omnipotent action. At Christmas, through the Christ of Christmas, God became visible before humankind and began to relate to people in redeeming love.
It means that Christians don’t have to go about telling tales about some doctrine of ‘salvation’, but in proclaiming Christ may present a living, personal salvation for individual mean and women about them. This is the central miracle of
Christianity---the Incarnation. It was towards this, the Incarnation, that everything moved until its accomplishment, finding fulfillment and explanation. It is from this, the Incarnation, that all subsequent movements have proceeded, depending upon it for direction and dynamics. ‘Blessed is she who believed,’ said Elizabeth concerning Mary, who was to be the mother of God-incarnate. ‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe,’ is our Lord’s word to us who live a couple of thousand years on this side of the great Christmas, Easter and Pentecost happenings. As Christians we believe, by the grace of God, that these happenings are more significant than anything else in life.