To say that I have been waiting all year for Christmas would be an understatement.
I love Christmas so much that I would be happy to celebrate it all year long. Why Christmas? What makes this holiday so much more meaningful than any other? Surely the Day of Atonement or Easter warrant the same level of overflowing joy.
While we often fail to fully grasp the full meaning of the Cross and the Resurrection, neither of these would not have been realized without the Incarnation—the beginning. This is what we remember during the warmth of Christmas. It has the power to stop us in our tracks and remind us to live love.
Back home in England, various companies create special television advertisements intended to capture the essence of Christmas. The hope, of course, is to connect the joy of the season with a specific product. But if you can put your natural cynicism regarding marketing to the side for a moment and simply watch these, you’ll notice that they each demonstrate the overflowing power of love. It is incredible what it can do. In December of 2014, Sainsbury’s supermarket retold the famous story of how, on Christmas Eve of 1914, during World War I, the Germans and British soldiers stopped killing each other briefly and instead celebrated the overflow of the incarnation—peace to all humankind. If you have four minutes to spare, watch the advert for yourself.
We end the year 2018 with a Christmas-focused sermon series called Overflow as a celebration of the Incarnation of Jesus. He chose to place Himself among us. He kept His promise and changed the trajectory of the universe so that love may overflow. Over the next five weeks we will experience this joy together, through passages from five different books.
Week 1: Overflow (Luke 6:43-45)
Week 2: All of It (Ephesians 4:1-16)
Week 3: Jesus. All. (Revelation 4:8-11)
Week 4: Thank You (Hebrews 12:28-29)
Week 5: Precursor to Christmas, Incarnation (Philippians 2:5-11)
Japhet J. De Oliveira
Boulder Adventist Church
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