Merry Christmas to all my Lawndale family! Thank you for bringing the story of Christmas into the hearts and minds of our community and beyond throughout the year. In our secular human world many people do not understand the significance of Jesus’ first coming. There are those who believe that Jesus’ main mission was to serve as an informational instructor. If that was man-kinds greatest need, God would have sent an educator. Others believe that Jesus’ main mission was to show us how to live a happy life. While that is partially true, if our greatest need was pleasure, God would have sent an entertainer. And still others believe Jesus’ main mission was to show us how to share our material resources with others. While Jesus did teach on that subject, if our greatest need was financial, God would have sent an economist.
Scripturally speaking, the meaning of Christmas is far greater than any of these elements. The true meaning of Christmas is found in the wonderful story of God sending His Son into the world to address our greatest need. Our GREATEST NEED of course, being, FORGIVENESS. So God sent a SAVIOR! He IS THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS. Luke 2:10,11 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."
Blessings, Dr. Joe