Pastors Pen
 
December 2022
 
“Jesus is the reason for the season.” This saying came as a result of December devolving into rabid consumerism while Advent and Christmas were reduced to a season of giving. If I remember correctly, the first time I heard this phrase was when I was a freshman or sophomore in high school. While I was not a Christ follower in my high school years, and I enjoyed receiving Christmas gifts as much as anyone else, I was still irritated when TV commercials replaced Christmas with the gift giving season.
 
Why do we celebrate Christmas? Those of you who have studied the Bible know that we find no record of a celebration of Jesus’ birthday — even after his resurrection. Furthermore, there is no record of Jesus’ birthday in the four Gospels or anywhere in the New Testament. The only exception is the announcement of the Savior’s birth. Each Sunday of Advent we will be unpacking why celebrating the birth of Our Savior is vitally important today. We will begin our journey toward December 25th by starting in Genesis Chapter 3 where sin corrupted humankind and separated us from our heavenly Father.
 
Jesus came at a time of great turmoil, despair, and division — sound familiar? Yes, it is true that we are not controlled by an enemy occupier similar to how the Romans occupied and controlled Israel. However, we are a nation full of people who need hope. We need something firm to stand on and hold on to as the winds of division and despair overwhelm us. We celebrate Christmas for this reason.
 
Christmas reminds us that the Creator of the universe unconditionally loves us. During Advent, we are again reminded of the fulfillment of Scripture; we are reminded that the Word of God is true, relevant, and reliable! Hebrews 11:19-20 states: “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as the forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
 
That is why Christians celebrate the coming of Our Savior.
 
Merry Christmas!
 
Pastor Steve