But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5.
We have already started our Advent observance as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Our homes are decorated, and presents are being wrapped. Holiday meal menus are being put together as we ready ourselves, once again, to remember the Incarnation.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14.
The mystery of all mysteries; Why would God become one of us? Why would the Creator walk the world as created? Why would He make “Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
We don’t celebrate because of a baby in a manger. We celebrate because God chose to redeem us from the penalty of sin by sending His only son as the perfect and only acceptable sacrifice for…you!
Don’t miss Christmas because of Christmas. Sure, that night, that Holy Night, and that Silent Night at Midnight Clear was awesome! Shepherds and Wisemen from the East and Joy to the World! Spectacularly awesome! But…the abundant Life, the redeemed life, the forgiven life, and the guarantee and promise of eternity…that’s beyond awesome! Amen?
2022 was a very different kind of year for us as a church. It seemed to speed by and at the same time, it’s hard to remember last Christmas. We’ve seen a thing or two in the past few years! I am confident that 2023 will be a continuation of the wild ride we seem to be on. And that’s OK. We are on this ride together. We have a God to worship, a Savior to Celebrate and a Gospel to share! 2023…here we come!
God bless, Pastor Rob