“But when the fullness of time had time, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)
Christmas is as much an end as is it a beginning. It’s a beginning in the sense that Christmas marks the moment God invaded our broken world to undo the curse of sin. However, it’s also an end in the sense that Christmas represents the fulfillment of centuries of divine promises and prophecies foretelling the arrival of King Jesus.
Think of God’s word to Abraham, “In your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” (Gen 22:18), or the proclamation of Isaiah, “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder” (Isa 9:6). Rightly understood, the entire Old Testament narrative points forward to Christ. Jesus himself said as much to his disciples on the road to Emmaus. “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27).
For the last two years, Kingsway’s Christmas Eve service has toured the major sightings of Christ in the Old Testament, culminating in a stable in Bethlehem. The format of alternating carols and Scripture readings is based on an advent service designed by Anglican bishop E.W. Benson in 1880. We’re excited to continue the tradition this year with a candlelight festival of nine lessons and eleven carols.
Besides inviting family and friends to join us, and bringing something sweet to share afterward, you can also participate by singing in the adult or children’s choirs. For more information on joining one of the choirs, please email or call Cindy Hickman (804-379-6719). Rehearsals begin this Sunday (Nov 30).