In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about the real meaning of Christmas– that the word became flesh and dwelt among us! Here are some excerpts:
“…’The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.‘ The Greek is very beautiful; it means… [as] we could render it, “The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us.” You remember how the “Tabernacle”, that great tent that accompanied the children of Israel on their forty-year journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, was symbolic of the presence of God with His people. When those people went to worship in the Tabernacle, they went there to get close to God… In Exodus 40:34 we read that “The glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle”! Now do you see how the Tabernacle was a type of Christ? “The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His glory…”!
“…’The Word became flesh and lived in our tent.’ He couldn’t come any closer to us than that! As a lovely Child, as a fine young Man, as a competent Carpenter, as a travelling Evangelist, He moved among people where they lived. And when some of them came to love Him, and respond to Him, and follow Him, He then revealed to them Who He really is.
This is the real meaning and miracle of Christmas — that the eternal God became Man and visited our little planet to show us the very heart of God!…”