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Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”
Our Bible verse for today: “But the angel said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the city of David a Savior is born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Jesus is for everyone”
During his decades of ministry Billy Graham came to know many famous people, including the movie director Cecil B. DeMille. DeMille, who was a pioneer in the early days of Hollywood during the silent film era, not only made some of the first movies ever, but he made the first movie about Jesus. The title was “The King of Kings” and it was a silent film.
By the time Billy Graham knew him, Cecil B. DeMille was a very old man and the art of movie-making had advanced far beyond silent films. Not only had sound long since been added, but so had color. Billy asked DeMille why he had never reproduced his greatest film, “The King of Kings” with sound so people could hear the words of Jesus. DeMille responded, “I will never be able to do it, because if I gave Jesus a southern accent, the northerners would not think of Him as their Christ. If I gave Him a foreign accent, the Americans and the British would not think of Him as their Christ. As it is, people of all nations, from ever race, creed, clan, can accept Him as their Christ.”
While history has proven that DeMille was wrong about the danger of adding a voice to the character of Jesus in a movie, his point is still well-taken. Jesus is for everyone, and Cecil B. DeMille didn’t want to do or say anything that would take away from that important truth. He is not a white Jesus, or a black Jesus, or an American Jesus, or a European Jesus. He is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came to us from heaven to live among us and to one day pay the penalty for our sins. As the angel said to the shepherds in Luke 2:10-11 (above), this is good news of great joy for “all” the people. Jesus is for everyone. That means that Jesus is for you. He is yours if you want Him. God sent Him not just to save the world, but to save you. The Incarnation is personal for each of us.
Tonight, at Oak Hill Baptist Church, we will celebrate the great truth of the Incarnation with a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5:00 Central time. We hope you will join us in person. But if you can’t, then I encourage you to join us online as we also livestream the service on our Facebook page.
Jesus is for everyone, and that includes you.
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