The Places of Christmas

If you would conduct a “man on the street” series of interviews with everyday people in America asking them what they think of when they consider places of Christmas, you’d probably hear answers like: Bethlehem, the North Pole, the mall, and Grandma’s house.  If you would ask the same question to Christians in a church, they may give you more biblical answers like: the Bethlehem stable, the shepherds’ fields outside Bethlehem, Mary’s home in Nazareth, and the city of Jerusalem.

During the Advent season, we will be visiting several biblical places that are tied to Christmas and the coming of Jesus the Messiah.  Most of these places will be familiar, but some of them will be new or unexpected.  I will also be sharing more of my experiences visiting these places during my Middle East trip this past summer.  As we visit these places, I trust that you will be drawn into the Christmas story in a fresh way as we come to real places rooted in real history.  I trust too that you will be encouraged by the fact that the story of Jesus Christ’s coming into the world to redeem us is as real as these geographical places and that your faith in our Savior will be deepened.  I look forward to walking on this journey with you during this season of Advent and Christmas.

Here is the calendar for “The Places of Christmas” series:

November 27 – First Sunday of Advent -  “The Places of Christmas:  The Jordan River” – Luke 3:1-20

December 4 – The Second Sunday of Advent - “The Places of Christmas:  The Temple” – Luke 1:5-25

December 11 – The Third Sunday of Advent – “The Places of Christmas:  Nazareth” – Luke 1:26-38

December 18 – The Fourth Sunday of Advent – “The Places of Christmas:  The Herodion” – Matthew 2:1-12

December 25 – Christmas – “The Places of Christmas:  The Shepherds’ Cave” – Luke 2:1-20

May the Lord ground our faith in him as we see how rooted Jesus Christ’s coming is to particular places in human history.

Pastor Mark

Christopher Dekker