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Grace Community Church @ Deerfoot

6020 Deerfoot Parkway
Trussville, AL   35173
t. (205) 655-9696

From the Pastor's Desk

Christmas is coming ... are you there?
 
Well, that depends on what you mean by ‘Christmas.’
 
If by ‘Christmas’ you mean all the festivities we enjoy like Christmas office dinners, all the lights and sights of houses and buildings decorated and illuminated in breath-taking splendor, giving and receiving gifts from family and friends, special pageants and choir cantatas ... even all the Hallmark Christmas movies – if that is what you mean by ‘Christmas,’ then yes, I’m there!
 
I love all the traditions of the Christmas season, the sights and smells of specially cooked meals, the candles in the windows, the cookies.  I love watching young children getting gifts and showing such surprise when they tear off that beautiful wrapping paper and finally see what the gift is – “Oh, I’ve always wanted one of these!”  And then they’re off and running to play with that new gift, while mom and dad are saying, “Wait, Johnny, you’ve got other gifts to open.”
 
But what if we mean by ‘Christmas,’ a focus on the greatest of all miracles, the eternal Son of God entering humanity as the babe in Bethlehem, the incarnate Son of God, born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit? 
   What if Christmas means the worship of a new-born baby who was Emmanuel ... God with us?     What if Christmas means understanding that that baby was Jesus Christ, who came not to be served [although He was worthy of our service], but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many? (Mark 10:45).
 
What if ‘Christmas’ is all about Him, first and foremost?  Are you there?
 
I sincerely hope so, because without the worship of Jesus Christ as the Savior of men, ‘Christmas’ is just a paid holiday, a chance to party and have fun, a temptation to spend a lot of money you probably can’t afford to spend.
 
Christmas is remembering and celebrating the love of God, who sent His Son to us, to atone for our sin.  What’s the response to that?
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21).
           
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on His name (Jn. 1:12)
 
I love all the traditions, the lights, the smells, the activities ... but it’s not Christmas until we acknowledge Him!  Are you there?
 
George Maronge, Jr.
Associate Pastor
December 2017