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Sunday, December 25, 2016

12252016 CHRISTmas Day - "A Partridge in a Pear Tree"

December 25, 2016
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
This morning we gather here in the church on the mountain top one could say of one of the two most important celebrations for the church.  Christmas is the opportunity for the church to firmly and faithfully declare the entrance of Jesus Christ with our celebration of His Birth.  It is a day that many families hold as sacred for gathering together to share a meal and enjoy one anothers company.  And clearly it is the pinnacle of the 12 Days of Christmas Song.
For today is in fact, the First Day of Christmas.  Hence, why today we end our series with “A Partridge in a Pear Tree”.  We have throughout the season of Advent learned of the connection with the Apostle’s Creed, the faithful disciples, the law given by Moses, the fruits of the Spirit, the blessed teachings of Jesus, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and our personal connection with the days of creation.  We have heard of the history of man’s fall from grace, God’s answer in the Gospels, the virtues of the Christian life and how the two testaments trace the history of the promise of a Savior.  And today we are not only at the foot of the Christmas Tree, but the pinnacle.  Today we hear and sing about Jesus Who is “A Partridge in a Pear Tree”.
Unlike most of the birds to be sung about during the next 12 Days of Christmas, “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” not only is about Jesus Christ, but specifically how Jesus Christ was willing to be hung from a tree.  This reference to “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” is of Jesus willingness to walk to the Cross of Calvary for me and for you.  Yet, today since we heard and sung about Jesus appearance in the manger, why do we jump 30+ years to Jesus death, by referencing the Cross.
There is a simple explanation, because today is the one day we need to understand that this Baby Who was foretold in sacred story, Who lies in the manger on the hay that was to feed the livestock.  This Child wrapped in swaddling clothes that came into this world in a stable because there was no room in the inn.  This Child “A Partridge in a Pear Tree”.  He is the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.  He is the sacrificial lamb that comes in order that we might have eternal life.
Today we gather to celebrate the Greatest Gift of love, Jesus Christ, “A Partridge in a Pear Tree”.  Jesus Christ came to offer Himself out of His great love for each and every one of us.  For it is Jesus Christ Who gives of Himself willingly in order that we might have eternal life.  Hence why we have the greatest opportunity to remember for the next 12 Days the gifts God gives unto us, especially of His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

May our celebration today not stop with our stockings hung by the chimney with care, nor on our porches for the goodies left by friends, nor even in our mailboxes as we exchange Christmas greetings.  May our celebration not end with the gifts under the tree, but may each and every one of our hearts find true celebration that represents the real reason for the season, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ “A Partridge in a Pear Tree”.  AMEN.

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