“For unto us is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” LK 2:11.
Someone once said, “If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer. But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior; Jesus Christ meets our greatest need! … It’s the Christmas season again. Many are looking for the perfect gift for that special someone. On the 25th of December, there will be many gifts that will be received with much thanksgiving. I often wonder, “What about the most important gift of Christmas?” What about the Savior, which is Christ the Lord; Emmanuel God with us. St. Matthew’s gospel states, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” Matt 1:23.
Of all the gifts that one might receive in this lifetime, the greatest is God’s gift to you and I, and to all humanity. He has the power to meet our greatest need, the forgiveness of sin. Sad, but true, the one who is able to meet our greatest need has been rejected by many millions of people over the last two thousands years. John writes in scripture, “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11He came unto his own, and his own received him not,” John 1:10-11. From the beginning, Jesus was rejected, even at His birth … “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn,” St. Luke 2:7. He was rejected in His hometown, “But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house,” Mark 6:4. He was rejected by His contemporises, “And Jesus saith unto him, the foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath nowhere to lay his head,” Matthew 8:20.
Friend, Christmas is a time when we are reminded of the wonderful gift that God gave to each of us. John writes, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son …” John 3:16. It is during this joyous time of the year that we are reminded of the truth that God, in Jesus, came to save us from our sin. He came to offer Him-self to meet our greatest need and that was to become our Saviour; to die the sacrificial death for your sin and mine. Is there any room in your heart and life for Jesus? The inn keeper, many years ago, said, “There is no room in the inn.” May we make room this Christmas to embrace the greatest gift ever - the gift of Jesus. Give Him a place in your life. Come to Him with your sin and ask for His forgiveness and decide to live and serve Him in the New Year to come. What a gift! “… a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” LK 2:11.
Pastor's Christmas Message
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