Meditation for Christmas Eve

My favourite moment to preach is Christmas Eve. This year, for only the second time in decades, I will not be preaching on that ‘Holy Night.” This is because I have stepped back from formal preaching since mid-summer until next year; I think in response to ‘Orders from On High”! So, I thought I could preach through the wonder of the internet! Here is the meditation from last Christmas Eve. I am still caught up in the wonder of what I was shown.

2017-12-25 – John 1.1-18 – When Did We Know.pdf

Merry Christmas!
Darrell

Christmas Is Coming…And I Can Hardly Wait!

Christmas is coming, and I can hardly wait! It is, for me, the most “wonder” filled time of the year.  Filled with “wonder” that the Creator of all things should choose to become one of His creatures.  Filled with “wonder” that we creatures might then participate in the Creator’s own eternal life.  What amazing grace!

For the first time in nearly fifty years, I myself will not be preaching during this season and I will sorely miss doing so.  I have felt that the Lord wanted me to not speak in any public way until the beginning of the next calendar year.  You can imagine how hard it is for me to say “no” to the invitations I receive.

But the other day I thought, I can still “preach” the good news through the book I wrote for the Advent-Christmas season!  It is entitled, “The Most Wonderful Time of ALL Years.”

Hence, this post bringing it to your attention. (You can click the book cover on the left to find it on Amazon.)

In the book, I work through the whole Christmas story, one week, one day at a time.  In the first week, we look at the Christmas story through the experience of Mary, the most blessed human being to ever live, carrying in her womb the world’s Saviour and Lord.  In the second, we look at the story through the experience of John the Baptist, the next-most-blessed human being to ever live, serving as the “forerunner” of the world Redeemer and Master.  The third week we read the story through the experience of Joseph, who had the unspeakable privilege of adopting the Son of God as his son, fathering the eternally begotten Son of the eternal Father.  We also look at the Christmas Eve story, where the night sky is filled with the glory of God, and angels announce the “wonder.”  The fourth week we look at the story through those who met Jesus immediately after His birth while He is still an infant, and learn more of why He was born into the world.  I conclude the book with a Christmas Eve meditation I have preached in the United States, the Philippines, and Canada, “If The Real Story Be Told,” seeking to make the good news as crystal clear as humanly possible.

So, if you want to go beyond the hype and sentimentality of the season, I offer you my attempt to “go deep” into the story of all stories.

A blessed Advent and Christmas to you and all those you love.

IN Jesus,
Darrell Johnson

Believing the Impossible

Thank you Hillside Church, for inviting me to preach last Sunday. As we celebrate this Advent season, I pray that we may all be able to say with Mary, “Behold [I am] the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your Word.” (Luke 1:38a)  Peace be with you!