Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 6:00 p.m.

By Chestnut Street Baptist Church | Dec 13, 2013

We invite everyone to a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!

 

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” – Colossians 1:15

 

The fact that there was no room for Jesus’ birth was a sign that there would be no room for Him in this world. Some have allowed religion to become more important than salvation (grace) and compassion (mercy). They don’t have room on the throne of their lives because they want to sit there themselves. As the innkeeper of your heart and your life; is there ANY room for Him?

 

Bethlehem was a one-stoplight town, and we don't have a shred of archaeological evidence that there ever was a wayfarer's inn in that little village in Jesus' day. All this silliness about 'no room at the Holiday Inn' for the holy family or the world giving Jesus the cold shoulder is not at all what Luke is talking about. It's a story about no inn in the room! It's a story about a family making do when more friends and relatives than expected suddenly show up on the doorstep. It's a story most of us can relate to in one way or another. Jesus was born in his relative's home, in the place where they kept the most precious of their animals. One can well imagine the smell and that scene.

 

The question for us this day is: Do we still have the capacity to be surprised, enthralled, by this remarkable Christmas story? Do we still have the capacity to see all things new, once more? Can we make Him room in our homes, even if the calendar is full, and the head count high on the home front? As Angelus Silesius, a 17th-century poet, wrote, "Though Christ a thousand times In Bethlehem be born, if he's not born in thee Thy soul is still forlorn." Let me tell you that if you let that Guest into your inner most refuge, even if you put him way in the very back, He will surely take over and become the center of attention in due course.

- Ben Witherington III

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