Dear Peachtree Family,
During this Christmas season, we are exploring the cradle through the lens of the cross. Jesus not only came to earth; He came to save. In fact, the name Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew word, Joshua, which means “God saves.” Who Jesus is cannot be separated from what He came to do.
It takes courage to celebrate the real Christmas of God’s history-altering, sacrificial work instead of the nostalgic version. G. K. Chesterton once wrote, “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms: It means a strong desire to live while taking on the form of a readiness to die.”
Therefore, Christmas means we savor the life God offers to us while at the same time being ready to forsake it all for others. Courage at Christmas means celebrating all of the incredible blessings of God while simultaneously letting go of any blessing for the gift of being Christ to others.
The most common reaction to the original Christmas declaration was bewilderment and confusion. The Angel of the Lord repeatedly had to declare, “Do not be afraid.” If our knees don’t quake a little at Christmas, then perhaps we have not heard the announcement correctly.
With great joy in Christ,