During the Christmas season, we rightly focus on that night in Bethlehem when God became a little child and came to earth. But what was that night really about?
Popular New York City pastor Tim Keller goes way beyond the manger in his book Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ. Keller puts this Christmas story into the widest possible context: God’s courageous, infinite sacrifice to save humans’ darkened souls.
“The world is a dark place spiritually, and there needed to be some kind of light that came into the world,” Keller told CBN News. “Jesus is the Light of the World.”
The founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan scoffs at those who, in the Christmas glow, contend humans can all get together and save this fallen world – that mankind can be the light. He insisted that’s not what the Bible says.
Darkness Can’t Create the Light
“It doesn’t say that a light has sprung from the earth,” Keller stated. “Because we’re not capable of dealing with our darkness. We need to have light from outside that comes and dispels the darkness.”
Keller pointed out how the Gospels show a teenager in her obeying and submitting to carrying Jesus, became a model to all who want to bring Christ into themselves and out to the world, and see Him do wonders.
“We’re all like Mary in that if we say to God, ‘I am the handmaiden of the Lord, let it be unto me according to Thy will,’ God’s going to do great things in the world through us,” he said.
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