Updated: Dec 4, 2019
As we think about and prepare for Christmas, isn’t it amazing that our culture across the globe is so marked by this fabulous event? Yes, we see all the misapplication, materialism, and madness, but like the star that marked our Savior’s birth, the truth of who He is and why He has come is there to behold, and opportunities for us to share about Him abound. Hebrews 10:5 “Therefore when He comes into the world, He says ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you have prepared for Me!’” In this passage, the incarnation is clearly explained—that Jesus was born to be the ultimate sacrifice. The angel had announced, “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His Name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” Matthew 1:21.
We must not forget that God still is continually redeeming mankind through His body—the church. It is easy to get caught up in all the events during this season and forget who we are as His body. God wants to continue to work in us and through us. He is the Head of His Church, and no matter what our part is in His body, our value is in Him.
What a privilege it is that each of us in the Church, being His body, is connected to each other in Him. Together we can bring glory to the King of kings and Lord of lords—who, despite being God, humbled Himself and took on human form, sacrificed Himself on the cross, and now He rules and reigns on high. He craves relationship with us. He is active and alive. And He’s coming again in triumph!
At this time of year, we reflect on our days and the goodness of God—His greatness, His faithfulness, and His love. We are moved to worship and adore Him. And let us be moved to be the Church, to tell of this great news of our Redeemer!
Merry Christmas! I pray that each one of you is filled with the glory of the Lord, the wonder of His beauty and salvation, overflowing worship, and a message of hope shared with others.
In the Master’s Service,
NRP Apostolic Team Leader