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November 5, 2018
December 4, 2018, 2:01 PM

“For unto us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

What words do you use to describe Christmas? Many words swirl around during the Christmas season, but do they really describe Christmas? Is it the commercial Christmas of the world or the biblical account of the Savior’s coming?

While we have been busy edifying Santa Claus, we have often failed to present the real Christmas story. Almost every household in our country knows about Santa Claus while many children have no clue about Jesus. Listen to these words: “he knows when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.” Ever heard those words? Most children can probably quote them from memory. What if the same amount of time was spent seeking Jesus as seeking Santa (or any other character for that matter)? We have dreadful stories of what it’s like not to know Santa, but do we share with children the eternal consequences of not knowing Jesus?

It’s very easy to get disappointed by the commercialization of Christmas. Do you recall one of the Bible verses we shared Sunday morning? “He was in the world, and though the world was made by Him, the world did not recognize Him.” (John 1:10). That verse sounds eerily familiar to us today, doesn’t it? In the midst of all the excitement, how much time is really given to our Savior’s birth? After Christmas, how long does it take to get back to the status quo of removing Jesus from as much of life as possible? Then, we wonder why things seem so bleak around us? You see, those without Jesus will never understand. He is, and will always be, the answer for every situation we face, both individually and nationally. It’s time we celebrate CHRISTmas!

May you all have a blessed week as you share with others Jesus our Savior; the real reason we celebrate Christmas. Please continue to remember those in our church family who are trusting God through difficult circumstances and those who are bereaved during this special season.

                                       We love you,

                                       Brad and Virginia