Pastor’s Christmas Message
The time leading up to and after Christmas can be a time of mixed emotions for many.
Darkness comes earlier in the evening and the temperature drops. Memories of loved one lost this time of year stay with us. The general holiday atmosphere can sometimes make us feel even worse because we’re supposed to feel happy but it doesn’t always work out that way.
The Holy Bible doesn’t tell us what mood the shepherds of Bethlehem were in on that first cold, dark, Christmas night but it does tell us of a message from God spoken by one of His angels, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11, ESV)
The Christmas message is a message of a joy from outside of you, from above. It is a message of good news from God. God knows your situation and He knows your trials. His answer to you is a baby boy, born of a virgin. This was no ordinary boy this was God’s own Son sent to earth on a mission for you. The Christ-child’s mission was to take up the sin and sadness of the world and take it to a Roman cross outside of Jerusalem where He would die for it.
God knows your situation and He loves you. Jesus’ birth on Christmas is the proof. The joy of Christmas is that no wrongdoing, no mistake, no loss-even death-can separate you from God. Fear not, for the joy of Christmas shines through in the baby boy lying in a manger. He is God’s gift to you, God’s promise that He remembers you and loves you.
The celebration of the birth of Jesus the Son of God does not make these winter days longer or take away every trial in life. But Jesus’ birth is God’s commitment to you that you are of worthy of His greatest care and concern. The birth of Jesus is God’s message to you that whatever you feel like He knows and He cares. May this give you true joy and peace from above.