There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
LORD Jesus, we praise You Creator of heaven and earth. You know exactly what is going on and you remain in control — always. Stir up our hearts and minds this Christmas season. Let us dwell on the thought of how great our God is indeed and not on how dark circumstances for us might look. Enable us to see Your Power, Your Glory, Your Forgiveness. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
There are two holidays coming up: Christmas and New Year’s. I’m sure that most of you are ready for the upcoming Christmas celebrations — well, at least as much as this ongoing pandemic has allowed you to do so.
Is there hope to get the real meaning of Christmas — even in 2020, a year full of struggles and uncertainties?
Of course, there is! Christmas remains a special day. No, we will not cease to celebrate the birth of Christ our LORD — God Almighty who stepped down into this dark world to save His People from their sins.
Listen to a quote by Joseph Schuemann which was read to us during a powerful sermon last Sunday:
The incarnation displays the greatness of God. God is the eternal God who was born in a stable, not a distant, withdrawn God; our God is a humble, giving God, not a selfish, grabbing God; our God is a purposeful, planning God, not a random, reactionary God; our God is a God who is far above us and whose ways are not our ways, not a God we can put in a box and control; & our God is a God who redeems us by his blood, not a God who leaves us in our sin. Our God is great indeed!
Immanuel — The Meaning, The Mystery & Me (by M McKillen at GCA, Ireland)
What a powerful God we serve! Hallelujah!
Some readers, perhaps you are one of them, might question that God is as mighty as we claim Him to be:
Does God really understand what we are going through? What could He know about what is going on in 2020? How could He understand feeling distant from others, weak in body, in agony due to pain, isolated from God and the world? Where is He in all of my personal struggles?
In Sunday’s sermon M McKillen continues:
The incarnation shows us that God is a God who comes into my life. A God who enters into suffering, not a God far off. A God who comes to share those struggles with us, and to conquer it with us. … He did life!
Curious how? Start listening at 21:30 of the following audio file or listen to the whole sermon which is found at: Immanuel — The Meaning, The Mystery & Me
This Christmas, do not focus on what is temporary and will sooner or later come to an end. Instead, focus on the real meaning of Christmas and rest in God alone.