12/20/17 – Pastor Brian’s Blog
“Tis the season to be Jolly!” It is sad that many must be told or be reminded to be jolly during the Christmas season. We as Americans, and sadly to say, we as Christians, can become very negative people. We complain because we do not have snow for Christmas, or we complain that we have too much snow for Christmas. We complain because the government doesn’t do enough for people and then complain because they become too intrusive into our lives. If we are not careful we become so negative that we rarely see good in anything, even Christmas!
When it comes to Christmas, Christians should be some of the jolliest people alive! As Christians we have the right to go into our communities and sing “Joy to the world the Lord has come.” We can open our churches in freedom and read… For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
We can stand when Handel’s Messiah is sung, without fear that someone is going to come in and arrest, beat, or even kill us for doing so. Of course, much of our society is “PC” sensitive, but we do not have to be; without hesitation and without fear we can share the good news in our homes, while we are out caroling, in our churches, and with our neighbors. The good news that God sent His son at Christmas, not to live but to die for your sins and mine.
The good news begins in a manger over 2000 years ago. The story begins with a child whose name is Jesus… She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
The Apostle John explains why God sent Jesus… For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. John 3:17
And why do we need to be saved? The Prophet Isaiah tells us why… But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. Isaiah 59:2
Hmmmm… because of our sins, we are separated from God. So, God steps up and sends Jesus into the world to save people from their sins. Not wanting the world to be separated or condemned, He will send His Son at Christmas. Now that kind of news should make any person that is breathing feel jolly!
John writes… 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. John 3:16.
It is true that God gave us His Son in the manager, but the real purpose of Jesus coming was to give us His Son on a cross. So, this Christmas season, don’t complain about the things you have no control over, instead be involved in what you have control over and that is sharing the “Greatest Story Ever Told.”
Take advantage of that right and privilege and share this story with people that God brings into your life. The people that God in His sovereignty planned for you to meet and talk to. It might be your children, your spouse, your friends, the person at the checkout, the person that gives you your mail or does your hair or dry cleans your clothes. Take advantage of this season and share the real Christmas Story.
Never underestimate the power of the gospel, it is empowered by God… I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Romans 1:16
“Tis the season to be Jolly,” not only because Christ came into the world to save sinners, but He has also given us the opportunity & privilege to share that story. Imagine if we got to lead someone to Christ at Christmas. Surely, we should be “jolly” in that!
So, from our home to yours, Merry Christmas and may God work in you and through you in 2018 in ways that only He could imagine!