Passage: Lk. 1:26–38
Speaker: Steve Hands
Series: Joyful Fulfillment – God’s Promises Come True (Advent 2018)
Christmas nativities are often sentimental, focusing on cooing babies and mooing cows in a picture perfect stable, but the first Christmas was actual far from picture perfect. Yet Christmas is more subversive than sentimental. The birth of a King in a stable introduces a power that would usher in a new kingdom. And this subversive story brings hope to people tired of sentimentality. Our broken world will see the power of hope break through, and God will do something about this mess. Luke 1:26–28 shows how the Father gives undeserved grace to begin an unending kingdom through His Son by the unexpected power of the Spirit.