|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”
Our Bible verse for today: “But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name …” John 1:12 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “God wants you; do you want Him?”
An interesting and insightful aspect of the Christmas story is that as the Christ child, God revealed Himself to those who were ready and willing to receive Him. Mary and Joseph first (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38); then the shepherds in the field at night (Luke 2:8-20); then Simeon and Anna in the temple eight days later (Luke 2:21-38); then at some time later, the wise men from the east (Matthew 2:1-12) (You can listen to the sermon for December 19th on the Oak Hill Baptist Church website for a fuller explanation regarding the timeline of when the wise men had their encounter with the Christ child).
There may have been others that the Bible doesn’t tell us about, but the individuals the Scripture does call out by name all had one thing in common, their hearts were open and they willingly accepted the truth that this was the Messiah, the Savior of the world. As a result, each of these people had a personal encounter with God that changed them forever.
This is one of the great truths of Christmas. Jesus has done His part. He came to earth; He lived among us; He died on the cross for our sins; He arose from the grave, thereby defeating death; He ascended back into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father; and on the day of Pentecost, He sent the Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of His followers. Jesus has done His part. Now it’s up to each individual to open His or Her heart and embrace Him as Savior and Lord.
The story of Christmas proves that God wants you. The question now remains, “Do you want Him”? If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to open your heart to Him right now. Let this Christmas day, 2021, be the day of your salvation.
My family and I wish you and yours a happy and blessed Christmas.
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