Director of Missions

A Savior, which is Christ the Lord

 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:8-11). God the Father had kept His promise and the Savior of the world was born in the City of David. Hebrews 2:17 tells us, “Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” As the Christmas season approaches, we must be cautious. There are many things that will distract us from the unchanging truth that Christ came to die in our place. Often Christ is left as a baby in the manger during the Christmas season. As a babe, He is non-offensive, non-threatening, and everybody loves a baby. Yet, His miraculous incarnation was ultimately designed to reveal His mercy and faithfulness as our High Priest so that He might reconcile us back to God. It was the offering of His own blood, not the blood of bulls and goats, that was the once-for-all sacrifice that would appease the wrath of God the Father. Jesus’ perfect life was the perfect sacrifice, the only sacrifice, which would be accepted by God the Father. The little babe of Bethlehem grew into a man, the God Man, who would live a perfectly righteous life, and offer it up on our behalf to fulfill the Promise of the Father to send a Redeemer for mankind. 

One of my favorite Christmas carols is: 

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here,

Until the Son of God appears,

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel,

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring,

Come and cheer,

Our spirits by Thine advent here,

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

And death's dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel,

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Desire of nations, bind

All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife and discord cease,

Fill the whole earth with Heaven's peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel

 

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel has come to thee.

Serving the King Together,

Eric