IMG_0272Merry Christmas!

We are all pretty busy with getting together with our family and friends during this time of the year. We love buying gifts and receiving gifts. We especially love watching our kids open gifts that we know they will love. We love our Christmas traditions that we look forward to each year. We think of loved ones who have past. We even hurt at the thought of them not being here this year but then remember fond Christmas memories with them.

But, I have a word of encouragement for my fellow brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. We must not celebrate this Christmas season like the rest of the world around us. We must not get so caught up in Christmas activities like the world around us. We are called to a greater celebration than gifts, food, traditions, and yes, even family. We are called to celebrate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We are to celebrate the humbling fact that the Creator of the universe came to take on the likeness of sinful flesh so that He could condemn sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:3-4).

With that said, we should expect the world to not care if Christmas is on Sunday or not. But sadly, some of the church views Christmas being on Sunday as a burden. Church gets in the way of the Christmas traditions. But, we as the Body of Christ should rejoice that Christmas is on Sunday this year! What better way to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ than to worship Him together!

En Cristo Solo!