From The Pastor

Dear Church Family,

I recently read an article that shared thoughts about the message the angel declared in Luke’s gospel, “Don’t be afraid…I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people” (Luke 2:10).  Have you ever asked yourself what “good news” could affect all people equally, regardless of culture, gender, income level, or location?  For this news to be truly good news there could be no situation, no place, no people, no time, and no society where it was not good news.  It is an offer that applies equally to each and every human heart and mind.  It’s for all people, and there is no expiration date.  Jesus’ birth and its implications ushered in “good news” for all the people who have ever been born or whoever will be born.

What is the “good news” that will bring great joy to all people?  The birth of the Savior truly is the “good news” of great joy for all the people.  But was the birth of Christ good news for Herod, who was jealous of Him and sought to kill Him?  Was it good news for the Pharisees and Scribes, who opposed and rejected Him?  Yes it was, because although they may never have acknowledged it, they desperately needed a Savior.  The good news of great joy is for the atheist as well as the religious.  It was as much good news for Pilate as it was for Mary and Martha.  Jesus was the Savior of the soldiers who crucified Him as well as His disciples who worshiped Him.

The “good news” for everyone is that Jesus is our Savior.  Jesus loved you so much that He died just for you.  He wants you to come and live with Him in His eternal kingdom forever.  It is “good news” of great joy for all people.  Jesus was born for you!

What a personal Savior Jesus is and wants to be in your life.  He came to be with you.  The most important headline in our lives every day is the very best news ever spoken---Christ the Savior is born!  God sent Jesus, because of our sin we are separated from God (Romans 3:23) and Jesus provided the way back to a Holy God.  Jesus restores our relationship with God.  Jesus is the only One who meets the demands for a perfect sacrifice, only Jesus has lived a sinless life (Hebrews 9:11-15).  He willingly gave Himself on the cross and God accepted His sacrifice and raised Him from the dead.

Because of our need and His love, God the Father gave us the gift of Jesus the Son.  That’s “good news of great joy,” the Savior, yes the Messiah, the Lord, has been born for you!

Merry Christmas

Pastor Kirk & Terri

“For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11

 

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