A message of good news and great joy

Good morning everyone,

Our theme for this month: “The awesome reality of the presence of 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 the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 (CSB)

Our thought for today: “A message of good news and great joy”

In recent weeks during this Advent season, as we’ve been approaching Christmas, we’ve been thinking about the presence of God in the person of Jesus. We’ve spent some time mining important truth from Isaiah 9:1-7 that the Messiah would be a light shining truth into a spiritually dark world; and that He would be a Redeemer who would set people free from the captivity of sin; and that as The Prince of Peace He would bring people peace with God, peace with themselves, and peace with others.

We also learned, from Matthew 11:28-30, that life is always better with Jesus than without Him, and that’s true regardless of the external circumstances of that life. That being the case, the Christ of Christmas if for everyone. Everyone needs Jesus and it’s up to us, the Christians, to openly and eagerly declare the truth of Immanuel, God with us in the person of Jesus the incarnate Son of God. This is what Christmas is really all about – it’s a celebration of Christ.

Tonight, Christmas Eve, at Oak Hill Baptist Church, we will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5:00. It will also stream live on Facebook and on the church website at oakhillbaptist.net. Then on Sunday (Christmas morning), we will have a Christmas worship service at 10:00. Both of those will proclaim and celebrate the birth of Christ and the truth contained in the name given to Him, Immanuel, God is with us.

Please join us for those celebrations – in-person if you can or online otherwise, and please invite others to as well. This world needs to know that Jesus is the reason for the season and that His coming truly is a message of great joy for all people. It’s up to us, the people of God, the followers of Christ, to share that Good News.

God bless,

Pastor Jim

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