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Christmas Generosity [11-29-20]

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

Merry Christmas on this beautiful first Sunday in Advent. Merry Christmas to those worshiping at home. We have done everything we can to connect our online worshipers with what's going on here in the sanctuary. Our goal is keeping everyone as safe as possible while also worshiping in ways that are pleasing to God. Amen?

During the Christmas season, one of the words you'll hear most often is "gift." It started with "Black Friday," although this year it seems like "Black Friday" started sometime around Labor Day. I wonder how the current state of Covid-Affairs is going to affect gift buying and giving. Just remember, your pastor isn't concerned about any germs that might hitchhike on the gifts you shower him with. And my understanding is that the virus has a very short shelf life on cash, especially tens and twenties.

In more ways than one, our Christmas focus is on God's gift to us. The first Christmas gift was God's gift of Himself. God gave us His Son to die on the cross for our sins so we could have our past forgiven…and a purpose for living…and a home in heaven. Jesus is the first and the best and the perfect Christmas gift. You can never be disappointed in what you did or didn't get for Christmas because nothing compares to God's gift of His Son. Here again is what Professor Pat Sawyer said:

If you believe you are part of what Jesus was doing on the cross, understand - You weren't Jesus' friend that He was delivering from the unjust tyranny of an oppressor; you were His enemy that He was delivering from the just wrath of God. {Romans 5:10 - "For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life."}. Miss this, miss God.

That is the all-sufficient gift God has given us. We need nothing else.