"GOD'S LOVE FOR US"

Rev. Lon Lorton

First Sunday of Advent

December 3, 2017

Christmas, a time for?

Is it possible to lose the significance of the Christmas story by taming it to suit ourselves?

Can we accept the Christmas story as strange and provocative, even challenging and current?

Why did God "send Jesus"?

"Again and again they struck Him on the head with a staff and spit on Him.  Falling on their knees, they paid homage to Him.  And when they had mocked Him, they took off the purple robe and put His own clothes on Him.  Then they led Him out to crucify Him."  Mark 15:19-20

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."  John 3:16-17