“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This is the gospel. This is the message of Christmas. This season, as all seasons, focuses upon Jesus Christ and His mission for us. It is not about gifts. It is not about family gatherings. It is not about poinsettias. It is not about holiday music. It is not about time off from work/school. It is not about extra hunting opportunities. It is not about Saint Nick. It is all about Jesus, the God-Man, who came to save His people from their sins! Christmas exists because Christ exists! And the good news of His birth and work should prompt us to exalt Him accordingly! Kind of like we did this past Sunday! What a day it was as our Music Ministry led us in worship of the King! There were moments when I thought I would leave my front pew to join the worshippers on the platform. As Mary expressed her deeply personal praise in Luke 1:46-55, my soul magnified the Lord! Thank you Jeremy, Zach, ensemble, orchestra, Gathering Band, and technical support personnel for your faithfulness in leading us. You all reminded us of the center of our worship—Jesus Himself!
Of course, the Christmas season is not complete, and I hope you will take time to join us this coming Sunday as we again worship the King. We will continue our “Sounds of Christmas” series with “Zacharias’ Spiritual Song” in Luke 1:67-79 (NKJV). Moreover, make plans to be at one of my favorite worship services of the year – our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service! Remember, this year we will have opportunities to at both 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to worship together on Christmas Eve. I encourage you to RSVP for one of those services so we can plan accordingly.
Finally, I am reminded that our worship response entails more than simply gathering together. Oh, that is so important! To assemble as a body of Christ is essential to our existence! But we must also go with the “good news” of Christmas as well. We have a responsibility to tell others the salvation story. As we close the year, intentionally share the gospel with a friend, family member, neighbor, or even stranger. And let us know the person’s initials so that we can pray for that individual. In addition, let’s give sacrificially to advance His mission here and around the world. If we truly believe that God sent His Son to redeem the nations and provide eternal life, then we must be faithful to support the effort through our resources. To date, we have given over $112,000 toward our $160,000 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal. May we finish strong in our giving to international missions! And remember, it takes us all to make a difference!
I’m looking forward to what the Lord has in store for us this week! I hope you are too! See you Sunday!