Christmas 2023

Christ came to Earth to pay for our sins so that we could spend eternity with a Holy God.  But it wasn’t just about eternity!  It was also about     today…the here and now.  Jesus said: “I have come so that you may have life and have it more abundantly.”  The gift of Jesus was for now AND for later!

Imagine what your life would be like if Jesus had not come to earth!  Jesus gives us hope for the future, but also hope for today!  The Bible reminds us that God’s mercies are new each morning.  The baby in the manger in Bethlehem is the most precious gift any of us can ever receive. We give gifts at Christmastime as a symbol of our love…yet we often try to match or       adequately compensate for gifts that we receive from others, don’t we?  The gift of Jesus is one that can never be matched nor repaid, only graciously and joyously accepted.  And through this acceptance, we receive salvation, but Jesus is so much more than salvation!  Jesus is also about our daily living – reflecting His light and His love to others, so that those living in darkness may come to know Him as their friend and savior, as well.

Because Jesus is the Way, we choose to follow Him.  Because He is the Truth and Life, we are charged to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel.  Through the gift of Jesus we have hope for the future….both in this life and ultimately for eternity.

Folks, Jesus came to model all of the Fruits of the Spirit for us and give us life!  Jesus IS love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.  These are attributes that we are to increase in and show to others every day.  Let the joy of Christmas penetrate our hearts and souls, changing us to love others as we love ourselves, and love God above all things.   This Christmas I pray that we would all remember a quote mistakenly attributed to the theologian John Wesley.  We are really not sure who said it, but it is quite appropriate:

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

Merry Christmas and God bless!  Thank you for all the love you have shown me this year.  I love you all!  It is so good to be your pastor!

In the Lord’s service till the last fish is caught, <><

Pastor Chris