FFC2023 - Blog Post - December 1

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

Those words from a popular Christmas song try to show that Christmas is getting closer. Maybe it’s the cold or (shudder) snowfall. Maybe it’s decorations in yards and on city streets. Maybe it’s the stream of ads on TV seeking your gift spending. Maybe it’s countless office parties and special gatherings.

These are all things our culture understands as markers for the coming of Christmas – December 25 on our calendars.

I need to ask myself if that is what Christmas should look like.

If Christmas is truly about Jesus, the Christ-child, the God-man, the redeemer of humanity, then how should that shape what Christmas looks like?

For Mary, it was a time marked with humble acceptance of God’s will for her life. In her amazing prayer / prophecy in Luke 1:46-55, it was a time of glorifying God – “My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”

For the shepherds, it was a time of celebration at being able to see the baby Jesus, the newborn king. “And the shepherds went back, glorying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.” (Luke 2:20)

For the Magi, those mysterious figures from the East, it was a time of joy and worship: “And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshiped him; and opening their treasures they presented to him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:10-11)

These key figures in the original Christmas story reveal a model for each of us to follow in marking this Christmas season – joy, worship, praise of God, recognition of God’s gift of his son to redeem us from sin, and bring hope and peace to all who receive him.

We hope your Christmas will be marked by joy and hope in Jesus!

In recognition of our church staff’s service of us throughout the year, we will again take a special Christmas offering during the month of December. You can contribute online or with a special Christmas offering envelope.

The Elders
First Free Church