Christmas On Sunday
"In October 1781, the Revolutionary War virtually came to an end when General Cornwallis was surrounded and forced to surrender the British position at Yorktown, Virginia. Two years later, the Treaty of Paris made it official: America was independent.
How could the Americans ever hope to defeat the mighty British Empire in a military conflict? Perhaps an even better question to ask is, How did the mighty British Empire ever expect to vanquish the Americans?" -UShistory.org
What wonderful, life changing news it must have been as word traveled throughout the country side that America was independent! The war had been won.
Since the fall of Adam and Eve mankind has lived under the tyranny of sin and death. How could sinful man ever hope to defeat Satan and the grave? Perhaps an even better question to ask is, How did Satan and the grave ever expect an Almighty and All Powerful God not to intervene on behalf of His children?
Over two thousand years ago The Messiah, Jesus, The One Who Saves, Immanuel, God With Us was born! The promised Savior, God's Son would live, love, die, and resurrect! He would live to show us grace and power of God, He would love by taking on our sin and shame, He would die to pay for our iniquities, and He would resurrect to conquer sin and death! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Merry Christmas!
As we gather this Sunday, I believe the church should gather with the same excitement and enthusiasm as we do on Easter Sunday. I cannot fathom a better place to be than the church house on Christmas Day! Now hear my heart. I understand that this is a difficult road to navigate when Christmas Day intersects with family time and Sunday. For some families this is the one time during the year that everyone is together. Many will be traveling, many will be with friends or family that are not believers and have no desire or intention to be at church. I get it... it is hard. As with everything, a believer should always pray and seek The Lord over decisions like this. Many times we assume the will of God without ever asking Him and allow our will to dress up in a spiritual principal and get its way. If God speaks to your heart and tells you to gather with your family away from the church house Christmas Sunday, obey in peace! If God calls you to bring your family to the church house Christmas Sunday, obey in peace! When God speaks and we obey, there is an unshakeable confidence that guards us from human condemnation.
This Sunday, Christmas... My family and I will be at the church house. Not because I am the pastor, but because two thousand years ago my Savior was born and I feel led to gather with my brothers and sisters and celebrate! If you are spending Christmas at home or someone else's home; rejoice and celebrate with the same heart!