Pastor's Corner - December 2015

REALLY... WHOSE BIRTHDAY IS IT?

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:11

 

Imagine it was your birthday and you are invited to a party in honor of the occasion.  The odd thing about this party is nobody has brought you a present.  They have brought presents for each other, but not for you!  Some guests do acknowledge your birthday as they enjoy opening their gifts.  Others are here simply because they enjoy a party...any party.  A fair percentage of the guests at your birthday party can’t seem to talk about anyone else except some fictitious fat guy, who legend has it, gives gifts to everyone in the world (except you) every year on your birthday.  Most of these people don’t even acknowledge your existence while at your party.  After some time you would have to ask the question  WHOSE PARTY IS THIS ANYWAY?  Well, you get the idea.  I know we probably won’t change the way most Americans mis-celebrate Christmas, but as believers there is something we can do to honor the first advent of our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

While commercialism, Santa Claus and drunken parties have obscured the true meaning of Christmas, it is still a time of year when the world at least gives Christ some lip-service through Christmas cards with poems, Scriptures and sentiment about the babe in the manger.  Christmas cards are sent and hymns are sung.  Many will attend some church for the second time this year, (the other occasion is Easter).  Christmas is a great time to remind this tired old world that  He’s the reason for the season.


Or more to the point, we should tell them why Christ came and what He accomplished on the cross to remove our sins.  IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO TELL OTHERS ABOUT SALVATION IN JESUS CHRIST, GOD’S LOVE GIFT TO MAN.  What better gift to give the Saviour during the time of year we pause to celebrate his birthday?

 

On Sunday, December 20th at 5:45 p.m., Treasure Valley Baptist Church will present the musical, Christmas on the Air.  Our choir, orchestra and those involved in the play have been diligently practicing, and praying for lost people to attend.  A clear message of the Gospel will be given.  It’s a great opportunity for us as a church family to invite neighbors, friends and relatives to come and hear about the true meaning of Christmas.  Inviting others to attend would be a fitting and loving Christmas gift to our Saviour, as we glorify Him by proclaiming His love and sacrifice to others.

 

Have a wonderful Christmas spending extra time with family and friends, but let’s not forget whose birthday it really is!

 

 

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.     II Corinthians 9:15