Merry Christmas (God is with Us)
Merry Christmas from the East Glen Park Church of Christ family!
Christmas is the time of year when people around the world celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The birth of Christ and His life here on Earth is a reminder to use that God is with us and that God loves us. This is a joyful time to spend with family and friends, recalling the great gift of love that God has given to all humankind and to express the love that we have one for another.
During this joyful time, however, not everyone is in a festive mood. Many are still suffering with illnesses, infirmities, heartbreak, loneliness, hunger, homelessness and grief. Let us not forget to minister to those who are in need during this holiday season.
After all, Jesus is called Emmanuel (Matthew 1:23), which means "God with us." This name is not given to Him lightly. It means that not only was He physically on the Earth, but it also means that He experienced life just as we do. He experienced all of it: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
He had loving parents, he made friends, but he also made enemies. Some praised Him and welcomed Him into their homes, while others hated Him, threw stones at Him, falsely accused him, and had HIm put to death. Regardless of His own ups and downs, Christ fullfilled His mission of healing, feeding, teaching, comforting, and uplifting those who were in need.
The birth of Christ was God stretching out His hand to us as if to say, "I love you enough to experience human life right along side you, so that I can show you how to live, how to love, how to be loved, and how to overcome evil." (Hebrews 2:14-18) Remember to spend time with your loved ones and comfort and care for those who are suffering.