I was recently driving my car, having picked up two of my grandchildren from school, when we began to talk excitedly about Christmas not being very far away. To my surprise my seven year old granddaughter responded in a very dramatic way stating; ‘Yes Papa; I was just saying to my friends today that it will soon be Christmas.’ She was so looking forward to it and then suddenly she said; ‘where does time go? Don’t the years fly by’? I giggled inside as I agreed with her statement. We must use our time well in service to God.
ARE YOU PLANNING A CHRIST FILLED CHRISTMAS?
Christmas will come and go as fast as ever and we will step into the New Year. It is actually possible for Christians not to focus on Christ at Christmas and to look back with disappointment at the Christmas season. This is not just family time for those who know Christ. It is more than a winter festival with the ‘tree tops glistening and children listening to hear sleigh bells in the snow’. It is the celebration of the birth of our Saviour which is one of our most important celebrations in the Christian calendar. We have the responsibility to ensure our Christmas is not ‘deep and crisp and even’ with all the glitter and tinsel, but that this Christmas is filled with the power, peace and presence of the Most High God. Set your heart in the right place and focus upon filling your Christmas with Christ rather than filling your stocking with worldly goods.
‘A SAVIOUR HAS BEEN BORN TO YOU; HE IS CHRIST THE LORD’.
This message rings out through every generation. In eternity past, present and future. The message of the coming saviour is the same, yesterday, today and forever. ‘A saviour has been born to you’. To you personally and to all the world. ‘For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him’. ‘He is Christ the Lord’. I am reminded of the words of the famous carol; ‘Jesus was born to raise the sons of earth, and born to give them second birth’. He existed in eternity past, stepped into time, did everything necessary to save us and return to the Father’s right hand. One day Jesus will return in power and glory and we will reign with him forever. We have every reason to fill our Christmas with thanksgiving and celebration. Hallelujah! Make your Christmas the most Holy Spirit filled Christmas you have ever known as you enjoy every moment the family at HICC is together in celebration.