Advent anticipates the second arrival of Jesus in glory.
Herod’s slaughter of the innocents is “the reason for the season.”
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!
What will your response to this baby be?
The incarnation blows to pieces the sacred/secular dichotomy.
The messiness and pain and blood of the incarnation was the whole point.
Christmas is the story of God starting to put everything right-ways up again.
Of all the people God could have invited to His Son’s birthday party, he chose stinky shepherds.