All we could ever imagine, could ever hope for, He is... He is the Prince of Peace whose first coming has already transformed society but whose second coming will forever establish justice and righteousness. All this, and infinitely more, alive in an impoverished baby in a barn. That is what Christmas means--to find in a place where you would least expect to find anything you want, everything you could ever want. - Michael Card
These powerful words from Michael Card speak loudly to my heart ... a heart that seeks pleasure, satisfaction, joy, beauty, power, contentment, and comfort in the things of this world. We don't really think that Jesus was necessarily born exactly on Dec 25th, but I'm glad we celebrate His birth at the end of the year ... it causes me to reflect on what I've done over the previous year and prayerfully consider what I want to do in the year ahead. Contrary to what Michael Card is saying, I tend to look in the "obvious" places for the things I want - those places being money, fame, recreation, hobbies, entertainment, possessions, etc. Surely those can provide me what I most desire. Seldom do I consider such places as weakness, hurt, brokenness, poverty, shame, humiliation, and obscurity as places where I can truly find "everything" I could ever want. But the manger proves me wrong and God right!
As we reflect over 2014 and look ahead to 2015 let's ask God to work His transforming grace in our hearts that will compel us to forsake the lure of the world and embrace the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We have two worship services in the next several days that will help you do this:
- Christmas Eve - 5:30 pm - we'll talk about what it means to walk in the light of God. Read 1 John 1:5-10 in preparation. Please invite family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. to this special service.
- Dec 28 - we'll discuss the idea of reconciliation from Philemon 8-18
From me to you ... MERRY CHRISTMAS! I trust you will find everything you want in the person of Jesus Christ.