A BIRTH CHANGES THINGS
This service is the last of 2017 and also of our Advent/Christmas season. Remembering and celebrating the significance of our Savior’s birth helps to propel us into this coming year. A birth changes things. Not only is one more life beginning with all the potential inherent within him or her, the immediate family is forever changed. Someone may be becoming a Dad or Mom or brother or sister for the first time. Beyond that the status of others is likely changing. The birth of a baby may be creating a new grandma, a new uncle, a new cousin, etc. What is so special about the birth of Jesus is that it affects not only the status of a few; it affects the status of many… even you and I. Galatians 4:4-5 says: But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Can there be a greater honor (or status upgrade) that becoming sons/daughters of God? Thanks be to our Lord Jesus whose birth has made this possible.