John 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
I hope the Christmas Celebration isn’t fading too quickly for you. For our house it has been especially great. Enjoying the presence of all of our children and watching their interaction with each other is a true blessing. It reminds me that the presence of loved ones is a greater blessing than any material things. The greatest blessing still is the presence of Jesus, Emmanuel who came through incarnation to be with us.
Christ continues to incarnate Himself in all who follow Him in priority obedient faith.
Incarnation, the core of Christmas, was a real moment in history that carries eternal impact. How incredible it must have been for the generation that got to see Jesus in the flesh. What if He could be seen like that today? What if His voice could be heard, his character observed and His grace felt by those in our time?
Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope you are specially blessed by the presence of Jesus in your life. If you are in driving distance of Parkview in Lexington, please join us for a special moment of worship on Christmas eve as we seek to rest in His love and peace.
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. John 1:4
Are you alive? How alive are you? How can you tell? Somewhere I have read that while all exist, few really live. Jesus Himself said that narrow is the road that leads to life and there are few who find it. How tragic this sounds. What about you?
At the core of Christmas is the incarnation of Jesus. God became flesh in an all-out move to bridge the gap between us. Why would He do this? One central answer is that He wants to give us life. I know it seems strange because at first glance we seem to be alive already. We awake, move, breathe, feel and do nearly every day. But He is talking about something more.
Those who seem to find a path often discover it did not bring what they hoped for.
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3
Few things spark the excitement of Christmas like the presence of children. There is something truly special about the emotional honesty of a child overwhelmed with the wonder, joy and hope of Christmas. Perhaps we should spend more time reflection on Jesus statement that all must be childlike to enter the kingdom of God.
Children have always been important to our church family.
It’s charter members began the work with a desire to have a church where children could find Jesus and grow in genuine relationship with Him. This week all of us get to take part in that. To celebrate that.
This Sunday some of our children will get to help us worship, reflect and deepen our appreciation for Jesus. If you invite a friend they will help share Jesus with them. As they have worked to present the musical, its message has worked its way into their hearts in ways that will bring eternal impact on their souls. We celebrate that as well.
Random thought…As you listen this week, reflect on the reality that Jesus had a childhood. I know almost nothing was recorded of it. But there is a great significance to how He came. Great than what we usually consider. Jesus really knows how kids feel. He knows what they face. As a poorly timed virgin birth from the neighbor’s perspective, He knows what it feels like to be looked at with raised eyebrows. To be labeled & misunderstood, even as a child. He understands the childhood wounds many still carry. That is a big part of why he came. To seek, save and heal.
Back on track… Join us this Sunday as we reflect on Jesus and embrace His heart for children. I know you will be blessed. I will present the core gospel, we will join is heartfelt worship and I heard a rumor there will be donuts! What a great way to start off the Lord’s day. I hope to see you there.
Matt 18:3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Jn 1:18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
Christmas season is finally here. Many things kick into high gear during this season including the deluge of made for TV movies. Each of them lay out a “feel-good” aspect of love, peace or being good that are celebrated at this time of year. Whether it is Frosty the Snowman or the latest Hallmark Classic, each has a positive story with an encouraging message related to Christmas. Beyond all of those story however, there is a critical story with a core truth that is more important than all of them. The story of the Incarnation of Jesus.
This month I invite you to think more deeply with me about just what the incarnation means. God became flesh. We can’t answer how as much as we would like. Sure God gives us an answer to that question but we can’t really understand it can we. The more relevant question is WHY. That is where we are going to focus.