December 10
You can’t miss Christmas
Pastor Daron Lindemann

To their surprise, church members in Poettmes, Germany, found a real, newborn baby in the manger of their nativity scene near the altar. The mother was located but said that she couldn’t care for the baby. She left him there, hoping that someone else could.

God sent his newborn Son into the world not with the hope that people would care for him, but with the promise that he’d care for us. Yes, save us. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11).

Look into the manger with faith and you’ll see that Christmas is not what you make it to be. Christmas is what makes you God’s own redeemed, forgiven, and loved child. Christmas is a gift. To us a child is born. To us a Son is given (Isaiah 9:6). God’s final target in sending his Son, Jesus, isn’t the manger. It is people. God enters the world and enters our lives.

You may miss your family this Christmas. You may have missed saying good-bye to a loved one who died and now lives with Jesus in heaven. You may have missed an application deadline or purchasing just the right gift for a friend. But you can’t miss the grace of God that appeared in a manger.

Because the grace of God has not missed anyone.


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