Churchnet December 2016 - Page 6

Christmas Surprise

by Neville Callam,

General Secretary of the

Baptist World Alliance

“The angel said to her, ‘Do not be

afraid, Mary, for you have found

favor with God. And now, you will

conceive in your womb and bear

a son, and you will name him

Jesus….’ Mary said to the angel,

‘How can this be, since I am a

virgin?’” (Luke 1:30-31; 34)

This is Christmas a season of


A virgin conceives and awaits the

birth of her child.

God takes human form in the

womb of a young woman of

marriageable age. The eternal

God the omniscient and omnipotent

one leaves the courts of heaven and

stoops to take up residence in this


The great Creator comes to the world and is denied the generous welcome that God eminently deserves. God's own people refuse to grant a home here to the Maker of heaven and earth.

This is Christmas a season of surprises.

Lowly shepherds, keeping watch over their flock by night, are mesmerized by heavenly music. They journey to Bethlehem, find the Savior lying in a manger, and spread the good news about what they heard and saw.

Neville Callam speaking at the

2016 BWA Annual Gathering in Vancouver, Canada.

(photo by Brian Kaylor)

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