Christmas is not just a day that we celebrate. It is not even just a date that we commemorate; Christmas is about a deity that we coronate. Unless the Gospel writers were liars, unless the disciples who spent three years with him and ran from him before he died but died for him after he came back from the grave, were either all on drugs or hallucinating, then as someone well said, “If Jesus was not God, he certainly deserved an Academy Award, for he put on the best act in history.” Those eyewitnesses in one majestic sentence tell us how to truly respond to this baby born in Bethlehem years ago.
It would be fair to say that most every American knows the basic story of Christmas. But even though we’ve heard the story over and over, how many of us know about and believe the story within the story? That is what this series we are calling “Holy Christmas,” is all about. The real story of Christmas goes way back before Bethlehem, wisemen, mangers, or shepherds. Before Christmas was ever celebrated on earth, it was contemplated in heaven. What we are going to do in this series is explain why Christmas is not just a happy day and it is more than just a holiday. It truly is a holy day. What makes the story of Christmas so holy is what happened before the Christmas story.