Message from the Pastor’s desk
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman….. Gal. 4:4
We live in the midst of strife, violence, confusion, political and cultural mayhem, changes, and let’s not forget covid and its variants and the economic and mental tumult these have caused. But the more things change the more things remain the same. And what remains for a large part untouched is the heart of humankind that answers evil with evil and innocence with evil. And so, we will continue to make two steps forward and four steps backwards in the continued cycle of evil and self-love a cycle for which there is a cure. And the cure has everything to do with the good news of the first Christmas which still remains the good news of all the years since. For at the right time, the Almighty God came to us as a babe to live among us, to make Him who seemed far off, reachable and touchable. At the right time the Almighty God dwelt among us, so as to execute the arrangements for the redemption of the world He created. At the right time He made arrangements via the cross to give us the option, the option to move to His place when death evicts us from earth. What a marvelous prospect, God has made it possible for us to live with God, debt free, no price tag! Yes, when I think of it…., it makes me tremble with gratitude.
So beloved, let us remember this and stay focused on God’s gift of His Son. There is no greater gift that we can give to anyone than God’s gift to us, for it is the difference between eternal life with God and eternal life with the enemy of God, Satan. So, share Christ’s coming with someone who has forgotten, or who never really knew what Christmas is about. And while you are it, share the story of how he lived, how he endured the punishment and wrath which is rightfully ours, how he died and was buried, and three days later arose. Share how it is he and he alone who transports us to life with God. Share how his promises are true, that he will never leave or forsake us, when we sign up with him. When you share Christ with others you are giving them the gift of life. They can accept or reject, but they can’t say they didn’t know about the gift.
So, love someone enough to give them the greatest gift known to mankind. Also, let us consider ways and means to show that love to others, starting right where we are at. At home, work and play, to the stranger on the street, to the neighbor behind, front and sides of us. Let us put on love at all times, for that is how people will know our kinship to Him who lived among us. They will know us, by our love. In our troubled world, love is the only game changer. Christ’s love that is.
Now as you think on these things, may God bless you and keep you and give you His Shalom.