I'm still searching for a Christmas card with a red dragon in the nativity, lurking amidst the cows and lambs, waiting to devour the baby in the manger.
Journey with me then, if you will, through these ten Hebrew words to hear this story of salvation told in the native tongue of Jesus. These words sum up the whole person and work of our Messiah. Here is the Gospel in Hebrew.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! Darkness shrouds the earth. Midnight’s shade veils the peoples of this world. But not the church. Get up, Israel, shine as if you’ve swallowed a liquid sun and your every pore is a window of fire. Your Light has been born for you.
When I taught in Siberia several years ago, I returned home with a box full of Russian dolls to give as Christmas presents. These famous nesting dolls come in various sizes and colors; they depict everyone from politicians to biblical figures. My favorite was the Virgin Mary. Inside her was another smaller Mary, and inside her another, and still many more. I liked the combination of elaborate colors on this particular doll, but even more I liked the symbolism inherent in the nesting design.