Reflections of Our Savior
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill to men.” [Luke 2:14; KJV]
Dear members and friends of Our Savior:
Is it too early to think about Christmas? As I write this we are getting ready for Thanksgiving. But, hey, Christmas ads have begun, Christmas music is already playing at stores, etc., etc., so here I go...
“All I want for Christmas is...” Hmmm... let me think: “Peace, wherever war is waged; Food, wherever there is hunger; Relief, wherever there is poverty; Health, wherever there is disease; Calm, wherever there is strife; Love, wherever there is hatred.”
Sounds like all I want for Christmas is... “Heaven.” In heaven, there is no war, hunger, poverty, disease, strife, or hatred. Heaven is what we all want for Christmas.
In the Christmas season we focus our attention on a manger, but even Christmas should bring us closer to heaven. It’s with a focus on heaven that the angel’s words, “Peace on earth, goodwill to men...” make sense.
You see, the biggest problem that people have with Christmas is that while it’s a real fun holiday with all the presents and parties and all that stuff, people come away from the holiday more empty than full. That is because they hear the most well-known of Christmas Bible verses, “Peace on earth, goodwill to men...” but they look around this world of ours and they see neither peace nor goodwill. That is because so many people sadly miss the real focus of Christmas---a Savior who came to open Heaven.
That is why Jesus came-to reconcile sinful man and a holy God-to make peace between God and man. He came to be our Savior-man’s Savior-the world’s Savior. We have true peace through Jesus.
And that is another reason I share with you this Christmas message early. What I really want you to think about is attending all of the Advent services this December. Advent is the season of the church year that we connect Christmas with our Savior’s mission of coming to save sinners. Our Advent services point forward to the coming of our Savior, together with our great and desperate need for his coming---His Advent.
Our Wednesday services will be shorter and more devotional in nature. We will consider Christ’s threefold office of Prophet, Priest, and King, and how he fulfilled these offices while on earth, and still fulfills them for us while in heaven. For our regular Sunday services, we will consider the theme of preparing for the coming of the Savior both as a baby in Bethlehem and as the judge of mankind on Judgment Day. We will hear again that familiar call of John the Baptist to make straight paths for Him in repentant hearts, eager for the salvation that He brings.
I look forward to sharing with you again the saving gospel of our Savior Jesus.