Christmas began with a gift, wrapped in the body of an infant. This was no ordinary infant. The baby born was God in human flesh. Colossians 1:15 declares: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” An angel of the Lord appearing to Joseph, told him: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:23). On that first Christmas, the greatest gift the world has ever known was given! At His birth, filled with joy, the angel of the Lord announced Jesus’ arrival: “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord… and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’” (Luke 2:11, 13-14). Heaven was filled with great joy at the miraculous arrival of God’s gift, His only begotten Son, the Savior of the world! Today, much about Christmas has been secularized and it’s easy to be distracted and lose the real joy of Christmas. But when we purpose to make JESUS the focus of the season, joy fills our hearts. The joy of giving “Christ” to others is rekindled! I pray that the Christmas Season becomes, for all of us, a time of finding joy in giving to others. In our 2019 Joy of Giving booklet, there are several practical ways that you can give the gift of our Savior to others during the Christmas Season. “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
Patrick Medeiros, lead pastor