With today being Christmas Eve, our shining star is…Jesus.
• Christmas Eve • Read Hebrews 1:1–12
Reading these opening verses of Hebrews on Christmas Eve helps us to see the full meaning of the incarnation. While this day may stand out on the calendar, both liturgical and cultural, it must never stand apart from the larger and long story of all that is disclosed to us in Christ—in birth, life, death, atonement, resurrection, and glorification. We are Christians because God chose to give us Jesus, God incarnate (in human form). We are people of faith because we believe that aspects of this story resonate with us and strengthen, placate, and fill us. We have found that we personally have benefitted from having a relationship with God. And so today I ask you to instead of merely wishing someone a Merry Christmas, tell your own story of why Jesus Christ is good news. Maybe God offered you community when you felt alone and isolated. . Maybe God brought you to the very people you needed when you needed them. Maybe God gave you the strength to endure a situation that seemed endless and hopeless. Maybe you find that every day you are a better, more content, fully-functioning human because you talk to God in prayer. Whatever you reason, have a heart-felt conversation with someone this week. Challenge yourself to go beyond your normal interactions and be a genuine disciple of Jesus Christ. My prayer for you is that you may be a messenger of God’s good news, as the angels were to the shepherds. Christ is born today! Amen.
I hope to see you this evening at 7:30. And if you can’t join us have a blessed Christmas. Know that God loves you, and that God has put you in this community of faith for a purpose. You are loved and connected.