Long ago a man sought the perfect picture of peace. Not finding one that satisfied, he announced a contest to produce this masterpiece. The challenge stirred the imagination of artists everywhere, and paintings arrived from far and wide. Finally the great day of revelation arrived. The judges uncovered one peaceful scene after another, while the viewers clapped and cheered. The tensions grew. Only two pictures remained veiled.
I’ve often wondered, what do those who have expressed disbelief in God and the divinity of Jesus Christ think of Christmas? In theory the day would be hollow, but in practice I see most people appreciate the day, the season, the celebration, the presents, the lights, the stories. I believe Christmas is a gift of God’s grace, even for those who do not believe. If the commercial aspects are what keeps Christmas alive for the nation, then I am thankful for the stores and the buying and exchanging of presents. The holiday lights.
A simple story that tells us of the purpose of why Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became human:
There was once a man who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays. His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his disparaging comments.
One snowy eve, his wife was taking their children to a service in the farm community in which they lived.
100’s of years before Jesus Christ was born, the Isaiah 9:6 prophecy was given as a gift from God. We look back in amazement at the specifics.Isaiah 9:6.
The child is Jesus Christ, born of the virgin Mary, born in a stable, a feeding trough for a bed. Is. 9:6: four descriptions of who Jesus is, or better, his gifts to us: wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace.
Carl Crouse, Pastor
At SACC we believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Every Sunday the worship service includes a message from the Bible. My words are an attempt to understand and apply the Bible to our daily living. I post weekly sermons and other biblical messages on this page. May you find meaning and hope as you read through each message and seek to hear God's voice. Leave a comment to ask questions or inspire others with your insights.