I was looking through one of many Christmas gift catalogs that come in the mail this time of year, and saw a t-shirt that was taken from the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” However, printed on the shirt were the words, “Don’t judge a book by its movie.”
Good advice! So many times our culture accepts the popular treatment of something, like a word defined by Wikipedia or a film reviewed by Rotten Tomatoes or a YouTube clip that goes viral, and lets that be the final authority on just about everything.
And, sadly, our understanding of the Christmas story can be distorted as well. Take the Hallmark channel. This time of year, Christmas movies abound, most of which build their plot around some aspect of Christmas, but really end up communicating little or nothing about Jesus. I can’t help but wonder if many of our unbelieving friends and neighbors have been fed a distorted picture of what Christmas is really about.
And what about us? Could it be that we 21st century Christians have become so “familiar” with the events surrounding Jesus’ birth, that we miss some of its most important of lessons?
Well, let’s clear away the fog and dispel the darkness! Through the month of December all the way to Christmas Sunday itself, we are going to be exploring some important, yet often overlooked, insights surrounding Jesus’ birth.
Why not join us this Sunday as we begin a new sermon series designed to help you “unwrap” Christmas and discover powerful insights that will bless your life and enhance your appreciation for God’s great Gift!