Merry Christmas Woodmont,
Though hard to believe, I am so thankful that this Christmas season is here. The Lord has blessed Woodmont Baptist Church in so many ways in 2021, but His grace in providing His Son will always be the most significant blessing we have received. The fact that the eternal Jesus stepped into time, clothed himself in humanity, and lived among all the brokenness of the world astonishes me. Nothing was easy about the Christmas account from the Bible. The angel constantly has to remind people not to be afraid when the angel shows up. Without supernatural intervention, Joseph would have divorced Mary secretly. Zechariah couldn’t speak until his son, John, was born to be the forerunner of Jesus, which had to make for some unique family gatherings. There was no guest room available, so Mary and Joseph end up staying near animals in Jesus’ time of birth. There are sudden, unannounced visits and interactions: shepherds, wise men, the elderly Simeon, and Anna. Not to mention, the tyrant Herod decided that he would murder any male children under the age of two to ensure this promised Messiah, the King of kings, would be killed, never to threaten Herod’s earthly power. It is here, Matthew 2:13-15, where the Bible informs us:
After they were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream,
saying, ‘Get up! Take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there
until I tell you. For Herod is about to search for the child to kill him.’ So he got up,
took the child and his mother during the night and escaped to Egypt. He stayed there until Herod’s death, so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled: Out of Egypt I called my Son. (Matthew 23:13-15, CSB).
Jesus, the perfect and spotless Son of God, now a refugee fleeing evil. As you read the account of Jesus’ life, he encounters evil again and again. From His birth, through His ministry, and to His death, Jesus’ opponents were passionate about killing Him. And they did kill Him.
This holiday season, you will encounter evil, brokenness, and opposition to the gospel. You may experience the challenges of life, the limitations of the body, and the painful trials of relationships. You may experience trouble, trials, or a weariness. In those times, I hope you may remember the sufferings of Jesus. I hope you may remember and reflect that Christ humbled himself, endured the brokenness, and absolutely absorbed the evil, and completely satisfied the wrath of God against sin. Through this radical obedience we are reminded that one day the evil, brokenness, opposition, challenges, limitations, pain, trouble, trials, and weariness will be over forever! Oh what a Merry Christmas we have as believers in Christ Jesus! Go share the good news!
I hope that each of you will be able to attend A Woodmont Christmas worship experience this Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. I also hope you will continue to pray about joining the Lord’s work through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering – 100% of these funds go directly to share this good news with all nations and all peoples!