Good Christmas Eve Morning Church Family,
Tonight, we will gather together for our candle light service as Pastor Scott and I lead you through meditations for each candle and then illuminate the sanctuary together as one body. We hope to see you this evening at 6:30 for singing, reflection, prayer, and the Word.
Below is our advent reading for yesterday, let it guide your heart and build anticipation for the comings of Christ.
“Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
A wrapped present sits beneath a well-lit Christmas tree. Expectation of what it might be builds an uneasy sense of excitement; what could it be? Something lies between the recipient and gift, separation exists and so the heart lies discontent until it is united with the burst of joy on Christmas morning.
The great discontent of our souls exists because we have been separated from God. The Old Testament gave a foreshadowed solution to this problem in the Levitical priesthood. The High Priest would stand in the gap between God and man, bringing God to the people and the people to God.
Jesus came to reconcile us back to God by paying the full price for our sins on the cross. Pardon from the punishment of sin, acceptance in the presence of God, and adoption into God’s family are ours because Christ has satisfied the great wrath rightly due us. The personal crimes which we committed against God, have been met personally in Christ so that we might become personally one with God together.
This was the great depth of the love of God which compels and constrains us to trust, to worship, to serve Him. Family, we love because HE first loved us. The third purple candle represents the great love of God shown through the atoning work of Jesus. While we feel the tension between the first and second coming as the Apostle Paul in Romans 8:23 “we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” We know that His return is eminent and all will one day be made new!
This Christmas if there is a distance between what is and should be, do not fret, look toward your High Priest Christ who intercedes for and empowers you (Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 5:7). Embrace the tension this morning; each time we see, sense, and feel the distance between this world and God it reminds us that the best is yet to come. Let the love of Christ compel you, encourage you forward, and sustain you as we witness His love at work in His Church.
We Love you, We’re praying for you, and we hope you have a wonderful Monday Morning,