Dec1FriDecember 1, 2017I love celebrating Christmas! It is fun putting up decorations, wrapping presents, listening to and singing Christmas songs and carols, and celebrating the reason for the season, Jesus! The young people of our church have been practicing hard the last few weeks for the youth Christmas musical Sunday, December 17 during the worship service. We would like to encourage everyone to come join us and support the youth who are 3 years old through the 12th grade.
When I consider the story of Christmas, and what it is all about I am truly amazed. What really stands out to me is that God became one of us. He was flesh and bones, and He ate and drank like we do. The name Immanuel was given to Jesus, it means that “God is with us.” In Matthew 1:23 it says, “The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a son, and they will name him Immanuel,” which means “God is with us.” Jesus, God’s greatest gift to all mankind had arrived on the scene. Jesus was a normal person like us, yet He was God in the flesh. He was sent by His Father to save us from sin and death. He went on to do some of the greatest miracles found throughout the Bible. The one thing that really set Him apart from others is the fact that He never sinned. In Hebrews 4:15 it says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin”
Another thing that stands out to me is the simplicity of the story, and how the King of Kings and Lord of Lords was born in such simple, humble conditions. Jesus was born in a lowly manger in a feeding trough for animals. Jesus was surrounded by lowly shepherds and animals who had witnessed a multitude of angels proclaiming that Jesus Christ had been born. We would think that the most important person who ever walked the face of the earth would deserve to be born into a better circumstance, such as in a royal palace. God chose a simple and lowly manner for His Son to be born into. In Luke 2:8-14 it says, “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 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.” Jesus had a humble birth, life, and death, and now He reigns as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords forevermore. In John 3:16 it says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God has a way of breaking into the ordinary of life to do the extraordinary when no one thinks it is possible. In John 3:17 it continues by saying, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Thanks to Jesus we have the greatest gift of all, salvation from our sins and death. We owe it all to Jesus.