Dec 23, 2020 | Rev. Kerry Carson

Not A Christmas Card

Hi, and thanks for joining me today on a 'Walk of Faith'!

Well, we've arrived at Christmas week. As we're fond of saying, it's important to remember the reason for the season. But sometimes that gets wrapped up in Christmas cards and trees and gifts and wreaths and even family feasts. And we forget the big picture of what God is doing in sending Jesus Christ to earth.

So let me share with you verses 14-18 of John chapter one which uniquely summarizes the purpose for Christ's coming. 

"The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his divine greatness, the greatness that belongs to the only son of the Father. The Word was full of grace and truth. John told people about him. He said loudly, 'This is the one I was talking about when I said the one who is coming after me is greater than I am, because he was living before I was even born.' Yes, The Word was full of grace and truth and from Him we all received one blessing after another. That is, the law was given to us through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God. The only son has shown us what God is like. He is himself God and very close to the Father."

And so Jesus comes to the earth, not to be a warm fuzzy on a Christmas card, but to reveal to us the essence of God himself. And the miracle of Christmas was not that Jesus was born, the miracle is that Jesus is born in your heart and mine as we accept him as Savior and Lord. And to grow in his presence is not only God's wish for us, but our loving response for what God has done for us in sending Christ to the cross as payment for our sin. 

In the same way that God gave himself for us, so we are called then, following in Christ's footsteps, to give of ourselves not only for God and one another, but for all in the world. That we might be the agents of love and peace and reconciliation in this time and place as God gives us the ability to be his arms and legs and feet. 

And so, my friends, this Christmas take a moment to think about the greatness of God which reaches down into each one of our hearts with a love that we have not earned or deserved, but includes in God's incredible and eternal plan for the redeeming of all of creation. 

Enjoy this Christmas, I pray, and may we have a wonderful and prosperous new year and I'll see you then.

~ Pastor Kerry

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