The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The smell of pine in your living room, the glow of colorful lights from the Christmas tree, gifts wrapped in shiny paper with decorative bows on top, and the sound of Christmas carols in the background. The Christmas season often brings a cheeriness and an excitement that isn’t there the rest of the year. As the Christmas carol goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But why? Why do people get so excited about the Christmas season?
Unfortunately, we often get excited about the small trivial things related to the Christmas holiday like shopping, gifts, and family get-togethers, but lose sight of the real reason to celebrate: “the Word became flesh.” Here in this short verse we have the greatest miracle of all time. The Word, that is the Son of God, took on human flesh and was born in a manger that first Christmas night. The Creator of all things came to live among his creatures here on earth.
How can that be? It is beyond our human ability to understand how God could take on human flesh and be both God and man at the same time. But that is what God tells us in his Word, and we believe it by faith.
Just as hard to understand is the reason why Jesus was born into our world. Jesus came to this earth because he loves us. In spite of all the terrible things we have done and continue to do every day, Jesus loves us so much that he was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for us. Jesus was born on this earth so that he could die. “The Word became flesh” to suffer and die on the cross in our place, so that all who believe in Jesus as their Savior will be saved from eternal death. Talk about a great Christmas present. We deserved eternal death in hell because of our sin, but Jesus suffered our hell for us so that we can enjoy eternal life in heaven! That is why the Christmas season is filled with so much joy! At Christmas time we celebrate the greatest miracle of all—God becoming a man to save us from the guilt of our sins and freely give us life with God forever!
What better way to celebrate this miracle than in God’s house. We invite you to come to church this Christmas season to celebrate the miraculous birth of our Savior. Come and hear about how much God loves you. Come and raise your voice in praise and thanks in response to the greatest miracle of all time, the Word becoming flesh, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
7:00 PM Sunday:
Sunday School and Adult Bible Study
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
coffee and treats
Summer Sunday Worship services
Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend
no Sunday School
Fellowship coffee/snacks following Sunday service:
19 min Bible Study Sundays
Holy Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month and the Wednesdays preceding these Sundays. The WELS synod practices close communion, contact Pastor Barlow for more information.
MONTH at a GLANCE
UPCOMING EVENTS for DECEMBER
Hanging of the Greens Church Decorating Sunday Dec. 2nd
Cross Lights Christmas Party
All Women Invited
Tues. Dec. 4th
Church Council meeting
Children Christmas Practice