Advent 2020 – Christmas Day

The Christmas Mindset
Douglas Avilesbernal
(Rev. Douglas Avilesbernal is Executive Minister of the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches)

John 1:1-14 (NRSV)
 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” 

Calvin Coolidge

President Coolidge isn’t quoted often and with good reason. But there is something here that captured my attention about this day. There is certainly something special about Christmas but what it is and how we experience it is an ever-changing thing. At first, I thought it was maturity. The older we get the experience changes, we are no longer as excited about the presents under the tree. We can sleep until the sun has come up, Christmas is great but not only because we are unwrapping presents.

But the more I thought about it the more this quote from President Coolidge came to mind. Christmas is not a time or a season, it is a state of mind that drives us to something. Perhaps to cherish peace and goodwill and to be plenteous in mercy. That is, as long as we are in the right state of mind.

“He was in the world, and the world came into being through him;
yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.
But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” 
John 1:10-14

“But to all who received him, who believed in His name, he gave the power to become children of God… Not of blood but of the will of the flesh…”

Christmas is a state of mind. How have you received Jesus? How do you know you believe in his name? What does it feel to be family in Christ?

LABC Zoom Gatherings

LABC Reads – 9:00 a.m. Saturday (“We Are Called To Be A Movement, The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II)

A Time for Prayer – 10:00 a.m. Saturday

LABC Sunday Worship – 10:00 a.m. Sunday

Adult Bible Study Class – 11:45 a.m. Sunday

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