Christmas in Context - Recovering the Origin

December 24, 2016

As shopping centre car parks begin to empty across the country, and people come together to celebrate Christmas, Kiltarlity Free Church minister Joe Barnard has shared some thoughts on how we can recover the origin of Christmas.

In a Christmas message, Joe talks of some of the pressures felt by many in our communities, and how the Christmas holidays can often intensify those pressures.

Joe also talks about what can be done to combat those pressures by first rediscovering the origins of Christmas.

“When we look into the manger, we see things that are real, authentic, true, and historical,” said Joe. “On Christmas Day, above all else, we need to celebrate the historical fact that God became a man to rescue this world from sin. The beauty of classic Christmas traditions is that they uniformly shine a spotlight on these unforgettable events. Instead of inventing new traditions that overshadow Jesus we ought first to rediscover the old ones that preserve the true meaning of the season.”

You can watch Joe’s message at the link below.


Wherever you may find yourself this Christmas – Free Church Congregations across the country will be marking Christmas Day with worship services. You can find your local Free Church via the Find a Church section of the website here.

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke. 2:10-11