Christmas reminders
    December 16 2014 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    I love the sights and sounds that remind us the Christmas season is here. Even if Christmas has become commercialized to the point that the true meaning of the season has been lost to some, it is still possible to find many reminders of the Christ in Christmas that can warm our hearts and point others to Him. As some examples, think about how the lights, the trees and the exchanging of gifts can remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.
    When you see all the Christmas lights this year radiating in the darkness, be reminded that Jesus is the true light of the world (John 8:12).
    On the night Jesus was born, the heavens were filled with light as the glory of the Lord shined around the angels who proclaimed His birth to the shepherds (Luke 2:10). When Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem to dedicate Him shortly after his birth, Simeon said Jesus would give light to the Gentiles and glory to Israel (Luke 2:32).

    In John 1:4-5, the scriptures say in Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness. In verse 9 John proclaims Jesus to be the true light. After beginning his public ministry, Jesus proclaimed, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life” (John 8:12). Similarly, Christ calls His followers to be lights in a dark world. Think about ways you can shine your light for Christ this Christmas.
    When we see the sparkling lights on Christmas trees, let’s also be reminded of another tree – the tree upon which Christ suffered and died to pay the penalty for our sins.
    Following his virgin birth into this world, Jesus, who was fully God and fully man, grew into an adult and lived a sinless life so that He could die a substitutionary death on our behalf.
    The message the angels proclaimed that first Christmas is the same message we proclaim this Christmas: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). Jesus was born in Bethlehem so that one day, He could take our place on the cross and be our Savior.
    When we see those Christmas gifts, let’s be reminded of the greatest gift of all – the gift of salvation that has been offered freely by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8).
    In the midst of all the rush of the Christmas season, pause and reflect on the joy and peace that came into your life when you personally accepted God’s gift of salvation and committed to follow Him as your master.
    Perhaps you will make a new acquaintance or see a friend this Christmas who needs to hear the story of how Jesus changed your life. Perhaps the sights and sounds of the season will provide an opportunity for you to share the real meaning of Christmas.
    Enjoy and celebrate all there is to love about Christmas as we are reminded of all that God has done for us through His Son! What a wonderful gift, what a great story to share. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

    12/16/2014 12:59:46 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments
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