Do we know what the word Holy means? When we read the Christmas account it is an aspect of God that is presented clearly. “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” Terrified at the glory of the Lord… “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.'”(Luke 2:9-14) A great company of heavenly host…praising God and saying Glory to God in the highest heaven. This is a realm of absolute perfection, where “not too bad” or “almost” just doesn’t make it. I don’t think there is anything we know of on earth that can be called absolute perfection, or truly holy. We have become so accustomed to the “almosts” and the “no body’s perfect” that it has become our normal. Yet the whole point of the Christmas account is that God has come among us in order to bring us into His holy life. He has come that in Jesus we may be cleaned of sin and given His righteousness. We can’t do it. We will never be holy in ourselves, but in Jesus we can stand cleansed by His blood, in perfect righteousness before the Father. The manger in Bethlehem is the only place we can find our holiness.