Merry Christmas 2012

It’s the evening now. The meals have been packed away and wrapping paper all picked up.

It’s been a great day with family. I hope yours has been equally as fulfilling.

It’s Christmas – a day we gather to celebrate together. A day we gather to remember the significance of a birth so long ago.

This birth launched a life and established an unstoppable movement.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.   ~Luke 2:8-18

God’s first glance was to the “outsiders”. Shepherds were scoundrels. They were the riff-Raff. Their testimony wasn’t even trusted in a court of law – yet they were trusted with the greatest testimony ever.

They would be the first to hear the message that changed everything. They would be included to herald the invitation that life with God was now available, accessible and achievable through grace, not effort.

The outsiders were equipped with insider knowledge.

The movement of Jesus looks to include those who are passed over and excluded. Love includes and invites. Love changes hearts through embrace and invitation more than stiff arms of rebuke.

That’s the beauty of Christmas. We’re ALL invited IN to the greatest story – the opportunity – the relationship that alters our ever-after and our everyday. We’re invited to come and see a Savior for ourselves. To choose Him for ourselves.

A Savior was born. A Savior came. A Savior grew up. A Savior endured. He healed lives. He taught truth. He showed the way. A Savior sacrificed himself because of love. A Savior died.

But it wasn’t the end. That Savior – He ROSE again…

A Savior lives. A Savior leads. A Savior still guides. A Savior promises to be WITH today. tomorrow. forever…

A Savior that is more than a distant rescuer – he is a close friend. He is The Lord. He IS love. He can be trusted.

And this living Savior still invites…

Merry Christmas my friends – may you find yourself savoring a Savior this evening – this week – this coming new year.

Schull family - Merry Christmas 2012Schull fam - December 2012

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