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Christmas Service Times
Saturday December 24
9am • 11am • 4pm

445 S. Virginia St. Reno, NV
Saturday, December 24th
8am • 9:15am • 10:30am • 11:45am

95 Foothill Rd., Reno, NV
Friday, December 23rd
5pm • 7pm

Sunday, December 25th

300 Los Altos Pkwy. Suite 109, Sparks, NV
Sunday, December 18th
4pm • 6pm

Elko Conference Center
700 Moren Way, Elko, NV
Saturday, December 24th
5pm • 6pm

Living Stones Church
506 Silver Street, Elko, NV 
Sunday, December 18th

Candlelight Family Service
Friday, December 23rd
5pm • 6:30pm

511 West King St., Carson City, NV
Sunday, December 18th

Saturday, December 24th

868 Cottonwood Ln., Fernley, NV
Friday, December 23rd
5pm • 7pm

Saturday, December 24th

310 E. Patrician Dr., Reno, NV
(Inside North Valleys Church of the Nazarene)
Saturday, December 24th
3pm • 5pm

403 Hanson St., Winnemucca, NV

Heaven and nature see?

In 1719, theologian and hymn writer Isaac Watts wrote the famous Christmas carol, “Joy to the World”. The hymn was originally based on a Christ-centered interpretation of Psalm 98, and it was probably verses 4-9 that inspired Watts to write, “And heaven and nature sing.”

It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to imagine that the Apostle Paul, writing much earlier in church history, may have also considered Psalm 98 when he included in his first letter to Timothy this early Christian hymn:

“He was manifested in the flesh,
    vindicated by the Spirit,
        seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
    believed on in the world,
        taken up in glory.”

After all, Psalm 98 celebrates the revelation of God’s salvation:

“The Lord has made known his salvation;
    He has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness […]
All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.

Psalm 98:2-3

What we celebrate on Christmas is the beautiful revealing of God’s great love for and salvation of His people in the God-man Jesus, a revealing that all of heaven and nature don’t just sing but see.

Why "heaven and nature"?

“Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
He was manifested in the flesh,
Vindicated by the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory.”

1 Timothy 3:16

That verse from 1 Timothy 3:16 is an early Christian hymn that helped Christians worship Jesus.

You’ll notice that Paul beautifully pairs “heavenly” and “earthly” aspects of the gospel to show that Jesus's life, death, and resurrection is the single most significant reality in history:

Jesus is God in the flesh 
and He was vindicated by the Spirit (heaven);
He was seen by angels (heaven)
and the nations heard about Him (nature);
He was trusted in the world 
and ascended to glory (heaven).

The six verbs (manifested, vindicated, seen, proclaimed, believed, taken) will be our guide as we explore the meaning of Jesus’s first advent and His final return in the future.