Pastor's Article

12-17-13
The Mystery of the Manger

For centuries, cultures, people groups, and religions have sought to explain questions of origin and meaning. They have often woven together stories of gods and goddesses. Every mystery cries for an explanation, because humans find it hard to allow questions to remain unanswered. But Christians have discerned the mystery of the manger. God with skin on, God in the flesh in a human body. God so clothed Himself in order to explain how the Creator can also become our Savior and Friend. He had to be a Man Who could experience the suffering of sin-bearing. As God entered the world as a baby, born in Bethlehem, laid in a feeding trough called a manger, the virgin birthing of a child initially seems to raise more questions than answers. We cannot fully understand how Jesus could be both God and Man, but it happened. 

The incomprehensible became comprehensible. Divinity became humanity without losing deity. When Jesus burst in upon our sin-darkened and doomed world, the great drama of God’s redemptive plan for the human race was personified. From the time that His birth rocked our planet, the human calendar has distinguished B.C. from A.D. When you accept Him as your Lord and Savior and not just as a baby in a barn, it will rock your world. 

There is no better time to come to Christ than during this Christmas season, just as I did in 1965. I urge you to attend one of our Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services, truly “the most wonderful time of the year.” Singing carols, the Birthday Party for Jesus with the children, the biblical message, and lighting the candles will be an unforgettable celebration. We are going out in the courtyard this year for the climax of the service with the candles. “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1, ESV). 

Have a blessed and meaningful Christmas. Janet and I love you and thank God for you as our Forever Family.