From The Pastor’s Heart – December 6, 2017
It’s only 19 days until Christmas. What a wonderful time of hope and joy Christmas can be. The air is filled with songs like “Joy to the World” and “Tis the season to be Jolly.” Churches display serene, peaceful manger scenes with Jesus’ family and visitors gathered around Him smiling. The Hallmark channel has non-stop Christmas movies depicting one Christmas miracle after another.
For many people that is exactly what Christmas is; a happy time with family, friends, fellowship, food and gift giving. As believers we celebrate to greatest gift ever given, the Lord Jesus Christ, so the Christmas season is overflowing with joy and celebration.
However, for others, it is just the opposite. As I celebrate my first Christmas without my mom, I am reminded that the holidays can be an intense reminder of lost loved ones. That reminder can cause this time of year to be one of hopelessness and loneliness. Instead of feeling joy many people experience anxiety and depression.
Our study on Romans is a good reminder of what is important to focus on this time of year. Whether our circumstance are good or bad, we can remember the hope that Jesus brought 2000 years ago, the hope He gives us today, and the hope He gives for our future. If we have placed our faith in Jesus and His abundant mercy and love toward us, then we can have hope in the midst of our challenging life situations. Our sins are forgiven, the penalty for them has been paid and we have the promise of eternal life. That eternal life will not have sorrow, loneliness or pain. Revelation 21:4 says,
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
Are you looking forward to that day? I know I am. It is my prayer that each of you will experience the hope of Christmas this year.
Sunday Phil Basinger will be bringing the message. I look forward to hearing what the Lord is laying on his heart for us. Have a blessed week!
See you on Sunday!