December 17, 2015

Read Luke 4:18-19

Christmas is one of the times of the year when the churches are usually filled to capacity with families who have traveled home for the holidays. It is always such a special time for families to be able to worship together in their home church. 

Luke tells us that Jesus traveled to his home town of Nazareth, following the Temptation, to worship in his home synagogue. Jesus read Isaiah 6:1-2 to the congregation that foretold His coming and His commission. When He had finished reading He told them that the prophecy had been fulfilled that day, that He was anointed by the Holy Spirit to bring a message of salvation to a lost world. This is the Good News that frees sinners, opens the eyes of the blind, and sets the captives free.

As we celebrate the Christmas season let us remember that it is more than just a season for exchanging gifts; it is a time to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World, the babe born in a lowly manger in Bethlehem who loves you and me so much that He was willing to become man and die on the Cross for our sins.