In today’s worship service, Martin Ban highlighted something about the story of Christmas from Luke’s gospel that I had not considered before.
“Luke begins his story w/ Jesus in a cave & wrapped in linen and ends the story with a cave & unwrapped from linens.” – Martin Ban (paraphrase)
The story of Christmas is really the story of the gospel. And in Luke, the story begins with Jesus being born in a cave, wrapped in swaddling linens, and ends with Jesus being placed in a burial cave, only to emerge days later and leave his burial linens behind.
The story of Christmas is the story of new life, found in and made possible by Jesus – God with us, making all things new.
To receive this story, believe it, and spread it through our lives and with our words.
Merry Christmas everybody! A new day has arrived!