The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all people: to you born this day in the city of David, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10,11)
Celebrate the joy of salvation through Jesus Christ. May this Christmas season be a time of discovering and rediscovering the wonder and the presence of Jesus in your life. Merry Christmas to all and a blessed and Spirit-filled New Year!
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.”
Have you ever thought about the depth of God’s love? Our human definition of love does not come close to what we are offered through the birth of Jesus. At the moment Jesus was conceived God said in essence, “I love you so much that I want to know everything about you, your joys, your sorrows, your pain, and your celebrations. I am not only your creator, I want to be your redeemer, your Savior.” When Jesus was born, God’s love was no longer only theory and speculation passed down through the ages but God’s Word that “became flesh and dwelled among us.” The fact is Jesus is just not another prophet with some good things to say here and there, Jesus IS THE SON OF GOD and that fact changes everything we ever believed about the world or ourselves for that matter. What is so unbelievable about the reality of God’s love is that it is unconditional and eternal. When Mary heard the news about the baby she was carrying she not only wondered how the conception was possible but I am sure the words, “why me?” permeated her thoughts. “Why me, I am just a poor woman…Why me, I am not worthy…. Why me, I do not deserve God’s love…” To all of her questions, and ours as well the answer is simple; God loves you completely no matter who you are and what your past or even your present may look like. God looks beyond our soiled lives and our perceptions of unworthiness and sees a soul worthy to be saved. God, through our Lord Jesus Christ has promised to love you, “even to the end of the age;” and that fact is the unbelievable joy of faith. Thank you Jesus for the unbelievable gift of your love.