Let’s keep Jesus in our lives every day
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. Luke 2:14
Could you imagine what would be going through your mind if you were one of those shepherds. All the wonder and excitement of what they had heard would be life changing. What about us? We read this account, have a holiday set up that is yearly celebrated but what life changing actions do we make? Well, that answer is up to you but may I suggest a couple things? We should always seek, look for, attempt to find the Jesus who was announced to the shepherds. Be willing to announce to everyone when you have found Him because the account of Jesus is the greatest true story ever told. Without His birth we would never have the grace, forgiveness and mercy He made possible. By telling others, you share with them the love of God through His son.
In the story “T’was the Night Before Christmas,” which has been read for years, speaks of visions of sugar plums dancing in the heads of the children. However, the account of Jesus leaves us with pictures of Heaven. Revelation 21 describes a place with streets of gold, walls of Jasper and many other beautiful images to the glory of Heaven. This is John’s vision. which is far greater than the children’s story I referred to. Most important, the One whose birth is celebrated by us this time of the year will be there with us, forever, Jesus our Saviour.
Let’s keep Jesus in our lives every day, not just once a year. Living a faithful life has an eternal blessing. Be sure to read Revelation 2:10; be thou faithful unto death and I will give to you a crown of life. The birth of Jesus changed the shepherds that day, allow Him to change your life as well. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)