Sermon Title: The Untold Nativity Story (A Christmas Eve Homily)
Scripture Reading: Revelation 12:1-17; Matthew 2:1-18; John 1:1-5
Many people are familiar with the nativity story involving Mary, Joseph, shepherds, and kings. We can find the birth narratives of Jesus in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. But not everything in this familiar story is joyous and pleasant. We are told that Jesus comes into a world of darkness. Shortly after his birth, King Herod orders that all of the firstborn sons of Bethlehem be killed to prevent the fulfillment of Messianic prophecy. The family of Jesus flees to Egypt and they barely escape death.
In The Untold Nativity Story (A Christmas Eve Homily), Pastor David draws our attention to an apocalyptic nativity story found in the book of Revelation, where spiritual forces of darkness are at work behind the scenes, seeking to stop God's plan of salvation.
In apocalyptic fashion, John the Divine tells us that God's light pierces the darkness and triumphs over evil by Christ's coming and sacrifice. It's in this story that we find comfort and assurance that we are not alone. This is the hope of Christmas.