BY REV. GWEN DRESSEL - CHRISTIAN FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER
Isaiah 9:6 — "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; And his name shall be called: Wonderful, Counselor; the Mighty God; the Everlasting Father; the Prince of Peace."
John 3:16 — "God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him shall have everlasting life. He came not into the world to condemn the world but whoever believes on Him shall be saved."
This Christmas season, let us take the time to reflect on what God has really done for us. He came to a peasant girl and told her she would have a child and his name would be Jesus, Counselor, Prince of Peace, Mighty God, Everlasting Father.
Jesus was born in a manger not in some fancy place. The angels appeared to the shepherds that were watching their sheep by night. The angels were singing "glory to God in the highest, peace on Earth; Goodwill to men." The Shepherds went hurriedly to find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manager. And they fell down on their knees and worshiped Jesus.
What place does Jesus have in your Christmas plans?
Is he on the top of the list or on the bottom of the pile?
Does he walk with you and talk with you daily?
Do you let him know how He can help you in the season of hustle and bustle?
Do you take the time to worship and praise Him?
Do you give glory and honor to him?
I am asking you these questions to make you think. Do we really find time for Jesus, or do we go through the motions?
Christmas is a beautiful time of year. Everybody is so friendly everybody is so happy everybody is so busy. Does that mean we don't have time for Jesus? Does He have first priority in your life?
Christmas comes but once a year but we are to have Christmas in our hearts 365 days of the year? There is the saying: "Let go and let God." We need to do that this Christmas season and every day of our lives. For unto us is born this day a savior who is Christ the Lord.
Let us not leave him in the manger but take Him with us each and every day of our lives. God sent his only begotten son that if we believe in him we shall be saved. God loves each and every one of us so much that we could have been the only person on the earth and he would have sent Jesus to save us and to be our savior.
So as you walk and talk with the Lord Jesus, God the father, and the Holy Spirit remember He loves you more than any human being can ever love you. He knows your wants. He know your desires. He knows everything about you. He knows when you come in and He knows when you go out. In the Psalms, David writes about how he can never get away from God.
He says: "If I go to the highest mountain top you will be there; if I go to the lowest depths of the ocean, you are there, God."
You are with me forever and ever.
Many will spend the holidays separated from loved ones, perhaps even alone. Wrap yourself in His love. Give Him your busy schedules and wrap it into an attitude of praise, worship and faith. Expect that Christ himself will direct your decisions, your time and your attitudes.
Your Christmas season can become a joyous time with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
The congregation of Christian Family Worship Center would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a merry and blessed Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.