Sermon Series - The Mess of Christmas
Preached in December 2016
We read Scripture like verses inside a Hallmark card without giving any thought to the context of what’s really happening. These verses are like Instagram pictures - social media stories cut and filtered to frame what we want others to see amid all the craziness in our lives. At Christmas we have Instagram churches telling Instagram stories of an Instagram Jesus in an Instagram manger. But the picture is bigger than that. Just outside the Instagram picture of our traditional Christmas story are the lives of sinful men, a gruesome death on a cross, and a gospel that reaches into the gutter of where men live. This is the story of the incarnation. This is the real contextual story of Christmas.