Speaker: Jerry Cisar
This week Donna and I went with our oldest daughter’s family to a living nativity which was supposed to allow us to “step back in time and experience the story of the first Christmas”. Between the clearly visible cables, the whirring sound of the angels sliding down them, the loud sputtering of the tractor engine hoisting her up to the top of the cable, and the flood lights, I’m not too sure how “back in time” I felt.
For that matter, it didn’t even fool Nora, my 4 year old granddaughter, for whom the night began as we parked with her excitement to have seen the star, saying, “That means it’s real, baby Jesus was born there,” and then she increasingly became distraught as the tower holding up the star became visible the closer we got, the angels appeared to be fake, and the cables were obvious. About the only redeeming grace for the kids were the camels and burrow.
You could not, however, do a living nativity from John’s Gospel. There are no shepherds, no angels, no wise men with their camels, no Herod killing infants, no genealogies, and most of all, no Joseph or pregnant Mary. Of course, there is a birth in v14, The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. And there is a pregnancy, which…if you’ll allow me some literary liberty…is what our text is about this Sunday.
Join us in worship as we contemplate the significance of the Advent, when the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, from John 1:6-14.