“Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:5-6, ESV).
The first time Christ came into the world, it was in the middle of the perfect storm of political, religious and cultural unrest. Israel had been under the rule of the tyrannical government of Rome, with local puppet kings seated to help keep the peace in the land.
Later, as Jesus entered His ministry, He did not even address the political turmoil, nor did He address the brutality of the Romans. He was there to address the root of the problem; the brutal bondage Satan held the people in.
The Gospel of Luke is filled with images of shepherds in the fields tending sheep, suddenly surrounded by an angelic host, singing and declaring the coming of the Son of God. There are the three kings who traveled from afar, led by a star to where the child Jesus was, to worship Him.
Interestingly, news sites everywhere are foretelling of the aligning of Jupiter and Saturn, creating the Christmas Star once again on December 21st, a phenomenon unseen for the past 800 years (forbes.com). Oh, and in case you have not noticed (an admittedly poor attempt at humor), 2020 has been quite a year – a year of unrest; political, as well as religious and certainly cultural. Could there be a better time for the presence of Christ to come upon His people?
The Bible is clear, Jesus will come again, but until that time we are told to, “Engage in business until I come” (Luke 19:13, ESV). I believe one of the best things we can do this tumultuous year is celebrate His coming and the peace He came to bring mankind.
At Grace Church, we have sensitively laid out a socially distanced event, whereby families may come one at a time, to enjoy Christmas music, take a picture with Santa Claus and have a private candle lighting moment with one of our pastors in front of a live Nativity scene. Finally, it’s off to sled in the snow for kids of all ages.
This Saturday evening, December 19, from 5-7 p.m., will be our last date for 2020. We encourage you to join us. I think we all need a little Christmas!
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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