“She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21
With just a few more shopping days left until Christmas, we look forward with great hope and joy to the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Jesus was the long awaited Messiah who came to save us from our sin. It is for this reason he was given the name Jesus, “because he will save his people from their sins.”
Can you imagine the excitement and awesome sense of responsibility Joseph and Mary felt that first Christmas? They found themselves in uncharted waters — who else had theopportunity to raise the Son of God? Yet, despite their fear and despite everything going crazy, Joseph and Mary remained faithful and obedient to what God asked them to do.
You and I have the benefit of knowing how the rest of Jesus’ story on earth goes. He would grow up, lead an incredible ministry, be betrayed by a friend, arrested and charged, beaten, and crucified. All of this happened to fulfill the prophecy to Joseph — “he will save his people from their sins.” But just when all hope seemed dead, Jesus rose from thedead and offers us eternal life with God. All of this because God wanted a relationship with YOU!
This Christmas, let’s celebrate that we have a God who wants a relationship with us and demonstrates this by sending Jesus — God with us! He is the Wonderful Counselor, theMighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the name above all names! He is Jesus!
Have a great weekend and I look forward to being with you in worship this Sunday at 8:45 and 11:00 and at one of our four Christmas Eve services!
Grace and peace,
P.S. Have you made your plans for Christmas Eve? We will be gathering for four different worship services this year (see below), and I hope you are planning to be with us for one of them. You can find out more about Christmas Eve and all of our Christmas events and programs on our website at roystonfirstumc.org/christmas.