“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:14
Dear Fellow Believers,
It is hard for us in our finite minds to comprehend what the words quoted above really mean. We can assent to the definitions of the words and the concept that is described. But to be in eternity, the fact that God without limit willingly submitted to put on human form is beyond fleshly comprehension. However, this is exactly what we are celebrating in Christmas. The Creator communing with creation in order to redeem the creation. This is indeed an unmatched gift. Thank you God!
Jesus was God’s agent of creation (Colossians 1:16), He speaks and His words become reality, and then He is born as a baby that could not speak a single intelligible word. Christmas is full of paradoxical thoughts like this. He was born to die, God in flesh, Son of God and Son of Man, born innocent to carry the sins of the world, Jesus is the greatest gift in the universe.
As Followers of this Christ, we are commissioned to tell this story and that of His death, burial and resurrection as often as we can to those who know it and to those who do not. Many years ago it became a popular catch phrase to say, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season!” There has been a movement in culture to focus on the more secular aspects of Christmas instead of the real reason. I pray that we will all remember the journey to Bethlehem, the shepherds keeping their flocks, the angels singing peace on earth, and the wise men coming from afar, all for the birth of the Christ who was born to save all mankind from the wrath of God.
We are so blessed. This year we will have a special night of celebration on December 8th, “Keepsake Christmas.” Jamie will be leading us in this family event for all, we will have finger foods and desserts as well as participate in a unique presentation of the story of Christmas. Join us for a great time of fellowship and remembrance. Also, we will have a Christmas Eve Candlelight service to celebrate the Light of the World coming to give us hope and salvation. This will be a reflective and inspiring time to consider God’s great sacrifice that was initiated in this event.
On December 14th, Cindy and I will be opening our home for the church and for our neighbors. You are all invited to stop by for some fellowship and Christmas refreshments. We have been working hard on some big renovations and we are excited to have our church family and neighbors in our home to share in this wonderful season. We will be sharing more specific information about this day soon.
Lastly, this is budget month. You should have received the proposed budget for 2020 in your email last week, or you can pick one up at the church. Please be praying for our Family Meeting on December 15th. God has great things in store for us in the New Year!
I pray that you all will have a Wonderful Christmas!
Michael C. Smith