Pastors Message for December
Just over 2000 years ago, there was a young woman whose name was Mary. She was around 16 years of age when asked by God to become the mother of the long awaited promised messiah (saviour). At that time, Mary was betrothed in marriage to a young man named Joseph, who was a carpenter. It was a long standing cultural arrangement, however, when Joseph discovered that Mary was pregnant, it caused some great concerns. God revealed to Joseph that Mary was a young woman of the highest character, and that the baby to be born was conceived by the Holy Spirit. God asked Joseph to continue with the marriage to Mary and be the earthly father of the child, until he was of an age to undertake the special ministry for which he was born.
Not long after, Mary and Joseph married. Near the time for the birth Joseph and Mary travelled to a small town called Bethlehem, to fulfil the requirements of a Roman census. It was here that Mary gave birth to a son in a stable, because there was no other available accommodation. The baby was given the name Yeshua (Jesus). This Jesus was God’s gift to a lost and needy world. He did not become a world political ruler, a mighty military leader, a renowned scientist or a published author, yet he became the single most influential person in the history of humanity.
The true celebration of Christmas is not about US. It is not about holidays at the beach; copious parties; spending a lot of money; gift giving and receiving; eating a lot of food; decorated pine trees or an obese man in a red and white snow suit. The true celebration of Christmas is about God and what He is saying to all humanity in the person of the Lord Jesus. It is about a message of hope for the discouraged, disadvantaged, and needy; a sense of worth, acceptance and purpose of life; of taking responsibility for the welfare of others; and accountability for ourselves before God.
The celebration of Christmas is a reminder to us all that God has made a profound statement to all people in the birth of Jesus – if we would take the time to listen. This year, make the time to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas and let it transform you into the person God would have you be as we head into 2014.
May you have a truly blessed Christmas.
Pastor Bruce RobertsRead More
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