In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man, sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true Light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because He was before me.’”) And from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, He has made him known.
(John 1:1-18 ESV)
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us in the form of an infant. The Word of God that began all of Creation in Genesis 1:3 came down from Heaven and dwelt among us in a manger. The same Word that came from the mouth of the Father, that does not return empty, came into the world, in the form of a child, to accomplish the purposes which the Father sent Him out for (Isaiah 55: 10 – 11). He was not majestic or attractive by the standard of His day because His generation was blind. This little baby would grow up to be hated and rejected. His little hands and feet, although tiny and gentle, were destined to be nailed upon a tree. His body, albeit tender and small, would be wounded and crushed under the weight of the judgment of God, on our behalf (Isaiah 53). This is the Christmas Story.
The purpose for our celebration during this time of year is Jesus Christ. It is the manifestation of the Word of God through the person of Jesus Christ. While we remember the details of His birth during this Christmas season, let’s focus on His death, which is the reason why He came. This is the best gift that anyone could ever be given. God, by means of Jesus Christ, calls out to us in our darkness and tells us to come out into the light because of the sacrifice that he made for sinners; if we accept Jesus as God and our Sacrifice and our Treasure then His death and righteousness counts as ours and we will be granted life eternal. This is the Christmas Story.
This past year it has been such a wonderful blessing to serve your children and families. We are looking forward to what God is planning to do over the next year and we are excited about the possibilities. We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and may God bless you and your homes.
Chris, Rosalind, Micah, Kinsey, and Noah Reinolds