‘Then the good news of Christmas, the core good news (not the tinsel and the lights, not even the shepherds and the angels, but the heart of the matter) is this: “So the Word became flesh.” Which as we have seen, is to say
We can know God , for God knows us.
We can reclaim humanity’s birthright.
We are assigned the role of a witness people, living the life that Jesus brought to all.
This is the Christ present; that is the good news to all.’
James Wm. McClendon Jr. ‘Christmas Present: A Christmas Sermon’ in Making Sense to a Troubled Church (Cleveland, Ohio: Pilgrim Press, 1995).