Pastor’s Letter ~ DECEMBER 2019
Pastor’s Letter ~ December 2019
“For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6 -7 NIV
The government will rest on the shoulders of a child. Who would believe that? This tells us quite a bit about our Lord and our God: that He is interested in government, now and forever; that a Child of His who is dependent on Him from the time of His birth is more powerful than a warrior king who isn't, and also that God's greatest gifts come in unexpected, humble packages. This Child who was born among us is the powerful Presence of Almighty God both in the world then and today. We all know the Christmas story along with its universal implications, and we marvel every year at the Advent of God's one and only Son born of a virgin in a lonely stable. But often lost in the big picture of the Nativity are the personal implications for each of us. Jesus is still an unexpected package in our lives, often disguising his greatest blessings in very humble clothing. Jesus is still a model of childlike dependence on God, the kind of dependence that doesn't appear on the surface to be the key to experiencing infinite power, but certainly is. The Prophet Isaiah described Him as the “wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father” and “The Prince of peace” and “Of the increase of His government (Eternal Kingdom) there will be no end.” The everlasting Son of God who was with the Father before time even began will have the final say in this world’s concluding governments. Jesus is still interested in government, not just of the world and the everlasting Kingdom, but of every inch of our own hearts and lives as well. On both the grand scale and in a deep personal level, the Child who was born to us is given for far-reaching, life altering reasons. And as we receive Him into our hearts and lives He changes us day by day, moment by moment. The infant in a manger in Bethlehem was a onetime event, but it was also a pattern of things to come. He is God Incarnate; God with us, the one who will be recognized only by eyes of the faithful, by those who sought out the meaning of a star or who wouldn't have noticed unless they were startled during the night and sent by angels to see Him. Neither He nor His frequent advents into our lives are self evident; they must be discovered by those who are tender in spirit and who will look for Him with their whole heart, mind, and soul. And those who choose to cast the government of their lives on His shoulders will find that He fills their lives with His hope, peace, joy, grace, and everlasting love. So this Christmas we ask Him: ‘Jesus, give me eyes to see you everywhere. I want to notice every advent, every approach you make into my life. And I depend on you to rule not only the world around me, but my little world also. Thank you for making my Christmas celebration a celebration of who you are in me.’ For we pray in your Holy and Perfect Name, AMEN! Grace and peace to you and your family this Christmas Season!
Have a very Merry Christmas! Pastor Bill and Karen ♥