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The Miracle of Christmas

God wants us to celebrate the mystery of Jesus' birth.


In Luke 11:33–35, Jesus says, "Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live in wide-eyed wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning, so you don't get musty and murky. Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room" (The Message).

Albert Einstein said, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."

If I were to ask if you've ever experienced a miracle, I'm guessing that, depending on your definition, some of you would say "no." I beg to differ. By the end of this sermon, you will have inhaled and exhaled approximately 250 times. Because most of you don't give breathing a second thought, I want to help you consider the journey of an oxygen atom.

The journey begins when air passes through your nose, where unwanted dust and debris is filtered out. The average person moves about 440 cubic feet of air per day through the nose and trachea and into the lungs. The surface area of your lungs is 40 times greater than the surface area of your body—compressed within the tiny space between your ribs. Once in the lungs, the oxygen atoms hitchhike with hemoglobin and travel throughout the entire human body via blood vessels. If those blood vessels were laid end to end they would be approximately 100,000 miles long. That means the blood vessels in your body could wrap around the equator four times. At the end of its journey, the oxygen atom enters individual cells, bonds with the food we eat, and releases energy.

In his article "The Miracle of Breath," James Robinson writes:

Webster's Dictionary defines a miracle ...

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Mark Batterson is lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC, and author of Wild Goose Chase (Multnomah Books, 2008).

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We can live as if nothing is a miracle, or we can live as if everything is.

I. The Christmas story is a miracle.

II. We must cultivate a theology of mystery.


Re-experience the mystery of Christmas—the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God of all Creation was born as a helpless little baby in Bethlehem.