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Why Christmas (Still) Matters

Luke 2:1-16

December 21, 2014 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann

The Gospel of Matthew conveys the Nativity story from the perspective of Joseph and his bewilderment over how he should handle his pregnant wife-to-be. The story unfolds with reassurance from God’s messenger that God is at work in this extraordinary circumstance. However, Matthew gives us no details beyond the actual birth itself, only a few events leading up to the delivery, and then a summary statement of what happened “after Jesus was born” (Matt 2:1). Luke’s account, on the other hand, fills in the blanks. Most of the Nativity storyline with which we are familiar from Christmas plays and Scripture readings come from his gospel. His account is told from the perspective of Mary, a virgin, and her struggle to deal with this astonishing occurrence. In this collection of holiday sermons, Pastor Ronald H. Gann looks at the accounts of Christmas and Easter and expounds upon what each holiday means to those who have put their trust in Jesus Christ.