Greetings and blessing to all of you. THANKSLIVING is what this church is all about. And this ADVENT season we are most thankful for the plan of God for mankind. Do you know what that was and is?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
God Himself would come in the flesh and be born of a teenage virgin to put things right. Things has been wrong ever since the created being Satan decided to challenge God. God would rectify that by providing a Deliverer by shaping world events and family lines to accomplish His will. It was foretold in
Isaiah 11: 1-12 …the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him; the Spirit of wisdom and understanding; the Spirit of counsel and of power; the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord and he will delight in the fear of the Lord…righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.” The people in the Old Testament looked forward to Christmas also. They were told of a Messiah that would “rescue them”. Little did they realize that God had in mind to rescue them not only from the evil treatment of their obvious enemies but rescue them from the god of this world? “We know that we are children of God and that the whole world is under control of the evil one.” 1 John 5:19
Christmas has some similarities of Thanksliving. When we read Scripture we noticed that Mary gave life to Christ…surrendering her reputation as a “good girl”. Joseph gave his protection as he stood by Mary. The wise men gave up their comfortable place to travel to give gifts to the “newborn King.” The shepherds gave the story (the good news) of what they saw and heard as a “testimony” to the Lord. Each person was grateful or thankful of what occurred to them personally. We will be giving and receiving “gifts” also this coming Christmas…..and I wonder will we give a gift to Christ our Savior? Saints, this is the time to think about giving the gift that your Lord your Master will cherish and be very much pleased with you. What will it be???
With Much Grace,
Commitment, Priority, and Giving
Pastor Alvin L. Currie