Such a special week! We celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We lift Him up and honor Him. Angels sang at His birth and a great star shone upon Him drawing wise men from the east, who could read signs in the heavens and knew an amazing event had occurred. Two thousand years later we still honor His birth, because of Who He is and what He did.
Jesus, the Son of God, second person of the Trinity, God, yes, Jesus Himself left His place in heaven to come to earth as one of us. Why? Because God loves us so much and He desires all of us to live for eternity in heaven with Him. We are all sinners; none is perfect. God is perfect holiness, goodness, justice, and love, and it is as impossible for sin to be near Him as it would be for paper to be next to flames of fire; paper would burn up quickly as would a sinner near Perfect Holiness
So Jesus came to be one of us, to teach us and to redeem us. He taught us about His Father, His character, His love for us. Then Jesus did the unthinkable~ sacrificed Himself for us taking on the sins of the world and the punishment due to each of us, paying our debt for us by His own shed blood. He suffered incredible pain of every kind in order to wash us clean of sin’s stains. All that is left to do is for us to admit we are sinners, repent for our sin, accept Jesus gift to us, and ask Him to come live in us and be Lord of our lives. My own experience was like being reborn; felt like I’d gone through a paradigm shift where everything was seen in a new light of understanding. I hungered to know more and began consuming the Word of God, absorbing pastor’s illuminating messages, meeting with my Lord each and every morning to learn and be taught by Him. I came to know Him on a deep personal level, and today I glory in His wonder and question why this mighty magnificent God would choose to reveal Himself to me, to live within me as my Teacher, Comforter, my Guide through life. How can He love me so well? I am only a poor scribe, but I believe the secret is I do live in obedience to Him. And that is the key.
My friends, this Christmas, invite Jesus to come be Lord of your life! It creates exuberance, purpose and joy here and guarantees an eternity beyond your greatest dreams!