It's that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of "Merry Christmas" to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas?

The message of Christmas is found in Luke’s Gospel, chapter two, in the fifteenth verse. There we have the account of Jesus’ birth. In the following Scripture, we have the shepherds as they go to Bethlehem.

”That unto you is born in the City of David, a savior which is Christ The Lord”

They came and they saw, then went forth glorifying and praising God, telling others what they had seen and heard. The message of Christmas is that Eternal God came to earth in the form of man in order to save His own creation.

It was necessary because fallen man is mired in sin, and there is no remission of sin without the shedding of blood.

In order to show that this tiny babe in swaddling clothes came for a purpose, the manger and the cross must be seen together.

He came to die for my sins, your sins, and for the sins of the whole world.

The One we see in the manger is fully God who came to earth with a purpose to die so that you and I could have forgiveness of our sins, so that we would receive the greatest gift of all … Eternal life with Him.

Your best Christmas comes not from the brightly-wrapped presents under the Christmas tree, but from the One wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a wooden manger in the town of Bethlehem, the One who’s birthday we celebrate.

Come join us as we celebrate God’s love for us!