The craziness of the Christmas season is here. The traffic around the mall is insane. The lines at Walmart are long... like back to the milk section long. It seems like some tempers are on very short fuses. I had a guy just blaring his horn at me this morning because I slowed down while passing through a school zone. How dare I do such a thing?!
Two thousand years ago in Israel, there was a hectic mood as well. Everyone was preparing for a census, so I’m sure traffic was busy. Lines were long. Tempers were short. Yet, God thought it was the right time for a baby to be born. In the quietness of a stable, He came. You see, it was so busy that there were no rooms, literally… no rooms, so it was in a stable that the Savior of the world was born. In the quiet of the night, God showed up. Then, He started letting the world know about it. Shepherds out in the fields who were staying away from the hustle and bustle were sent a message. (Luke 2: 8-20) A message that a baby was born and He was the Christ child.
I love what happened next, the shepherds had to go and see. And once they experienced the baby in the manger and saw Him, they told the people around them about how special this child was. “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen” (Luke 2:20 NIV
). They began praising Him!
So, in the craziness of the season, we need to remember that we have experienced Jesus’ story, too. And it would be good and right for us to tell people about Him, to gather together, and to glorify and praise Him. We will have the opportunity to do that on December 13 at the Danville Campus for a Night of Worship beginning at 6:30pm.
This will also be a baptism event. So, if you have been thinking about baptism, this would be a great night to take that step. If you have been wondering about Jesus and want to follow Him, this would be the perfect time. He came to the world to save sinners - that is all of us. So, ask Him for forgiveness. Declare He is the Christ, your Savior, and then enter the water of baptism and make Him Lord of your life. We will be ready for you.