The word “deconstruct” means “to break something down into its separate parts in order to understand its meaning, especially when this is different from how it was previously understood.” Last Sunday Tyler deconstructed the first Christmas. He took us on a step by step adventure and it was glorious. We saw prophecies being fulfilled. We saw the angel of the Lord shining in the glory of God saying, “I bring you good tidings of great joy.” We saw that this caused an eruption in heaven and a multitude of heavenly hosts praised God and said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
What a glorious Christmas that first Christmas must have been. So glorious in fact that since then, churches all over the world have tried to capture some of that glory by putting on an amazing Christmas service. They use decorations to recreate that heavenly scene, they use choirs to recreate that heavenly sound, and pastors diligently prepare the perfect sermon to inspire others to make widely known that Jesus was born.
Yes, that first Christmas must have been glorious, and I love that churches do their best to make their services as close to the first Christmas as possible. As I was pondering how glorious that first Christmas was, I wondered how much more glorious the next Christmas was. But as a searched the scriptures I didn’t find a next Christmas. I didn’t see a mention of another Christmas day being celebrated anywhere, nor did I see early Christians trying to recreate that glorious day. If this is the case, why do we endeavor to recreate that glorious day?
Now, before you start thinking, “Jeff, you are just an old stick in mud, please keep your bah humbug thoughts to yourself,” I believe the reason the early Christians didn’t try to recreate the first Christmas was because of what happened to them. As a result of being filled with the Holy Spirit and being made aware of all that Christ had accomplished for them, they didn’t limit their Christmas celebration to one day a year, rather they celebrated Christmas every day.
Does this thought get your attention? If so, I encourage you to join us this Sunday as we open Acts 2:42-47 and take a closer look at how the early church went about “Deconstructing Christmas” into their daily lives.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!