December 14, 2017

The Christmas Invitation

Almost everywhere I shopped this past week, I enjoyed the festive Christmas music in the background. In my car I listened to the Christian stations playing the beautiful carols serving as a good reminder to bring my thoughts back to the focus of Christmas. In church I enjoyed the songs about a Savior coming to earth, God in the flesh dwelling among us, Mary and Joseph on a journey that brought them to a stable and a manger, not a comfortable room in an inn, and not a hospital with all the modern conveniences and technology.

We can enjoy all the wrappings of a traditional Christmas, presents in glittering wrap and bows, the tree all lit up and revealing years of treasured ornaments, lights outside cheering up dark winter evenings. But we don’t want to forget to take time throughout the season to remember why we are doing all of this. There is a reason for the season and it is the birth of Jesus Christ the Lord.

The birthday celebrated around the world is the birth of a Savior who came to die for our sins, whose death on a cross was a gift unto salvation, whose resurrection displayed His power over death, His power to create in us - new life - if we receive the Savior’s gift.

Because Jesus came to us that first Christmas Day, we can be born again and join His family, the family of God. Christmas beautifully reminds us of the open invitation of a Holy, Almighty God, and the sacrifice of a Savior’s love - Jesus Christ our Lord.

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

John 3:16 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.