Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: December
God's Righteousness: One Size Fits All
Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ,
As usual, my prayer is that all of you who read this are doing well and that you’ve determined to finish up 2018 strong in faith and on a positive note. Negative things happen to us all every year, but we make the choice on whether or not that we believe that God is in control and all things work together for good OR this year was a ‘bad’ year and 2019 will be better. Every year is a good year when Jesus Christ is seated in the Heavens as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
It’s Christmas time, and every year we go through the ritual in our family of sending out our ‘wish list’ and receiving lists from others so that we know what we buy will be something that they want or can use. If you’re wondering, I wear “Ben Franklin” brand in size 100.
That wish list concept is not true with our granddaughter Adeline. She’s hard to buy for, especially when it comes to clothes. In fact, if you’re with her in a store when she’s trying to pick something out or trying things on, it can almost be more that she or her mother can bear. For the casual observer, she seems spoiled and her parents seem weak in what they have not taught her about being appreciative. She sulks. She cries. She’s a handful. But if you know the whole story, it’s not that she is unappreciative or spoiled but she has a sensory disorder that literally makes her this way; she can’t help it.
Our sin is that way; we can’t help it. The Bible tells us that we are born into sin with a foul nature and that ‘disorder’ has affected us in ways that may cause others to comment, stare or challenge the upbringing of the offender. In Ezekiel 16:27, even the Philistine women were ashamed of how the Jewish women acted so lewdly! But we are all offenders because we are all sinners.
Hopefully, Adeline will grow, mature and learn how to deal with her sensory disorder on her own. On our own there is no amount of growth or maturity or knowledge that will overcome our sin. That’s why Jesus came to Earth as Emmanuel or “God with us”. That’s why we have Christmas. God the Father had to do something about our disorder and His patience with our sin was exhausted. So, He, in His great love for mankind, sent Jesus to be born in a manger. Jesus was born and then wrapped in rags so that we could be born again and wrapped in the royal robes of His own righteousness (Romans 5:17)! Thank God that His righteousness is “One Size Fits All”, for the Bible says whosoever will let him come and take of this life freely!
Our Christmas program is on Sunday evening the 16th so everyone come out and celebrate Jesus’ birth with us. But we have a business meeting on the 9th and we’ll be voting on the 2019 annual budget so support this meeting too.
God bless each of you and may you have a blessed and Merry Christmas from Pat and me! Merry Christmas!
Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell