Pastor's Article

The news broke this morning that in a subway in New York City a man detonated a suicide vest he was wearing.  I think there were minor injuries and even the suicide bomber survived.  Think about the hundreds of shoppers who were enjoying themselves as they were making their way through the subway station only to be shocked by the sound and smoke of a bomb blast. Today’s terrorist attack reminds once again how evil doesn’t take a break even for the holidays.  However, the darkness of evil comes in many forms and scripture is clear that we all participate in evil in one form or another.  Thankfully we are in the season of Christmas.  This is the time of the year when we are dialed into the scriptures connected to the birth of Jesus.  There is one Christmas passage that contains a word that makes this passage a reality check about the meaning of Christmas.  The passage I am thinking of will take the meaning and purpose of Christmas beyond gifts for the kids, family gatherings or unlimited consumption finger food like Piggies-in-a-Blanket. I am thinking of the Christmas passage found in Matthew 1:21 which says, “She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  Some translations on this verse read, “he will rescue his people from their sins.”  Needing to be rescued or saved is serious business.  People are being saved or rescued from wildfires.  This past fall people were rescued or saved from flooding from hurricanes.  From God’s perspective, everyone needs rescued or saved.  Spiritually speaking we don’t need just to be nice, friendlier or even forgiven. The Bible teaches we need rescued.  We need help and hope from beyond ourselves.  Come this Sunday and learn from our current sermon series, “Who Needs Christmas” how we need Christmas.  We need rescuing!           


It’s All about Him


Pastor Gus



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