Christmas 2017, The Greatest Gift

Christmas 2017, The Greatest Gift

Jerry Kaping, Lead Pastor

This Christmas I am reflecting on all that the holiday means.  It is so many things, gifts and guests, ribbons and lights, songs and surprises, time with family and friends, and of course, we can’t forget the Christmas trees and cookies.  We need to enjoy the things of Christmas, especially the community found in the great celebration of His grace and promise.

 

But… As Isaiah 9 states in verses 6 & 7,

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever.  And Just before this in Isaiah 7:14, he writes, “All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin[f] will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

Jesus is the fulfillment of over 353 prophetic predictions and 44 messianic predictions as well. 

Jesus gives us his Spirit as our Mighty Counselor, God the Father is our Mighty God, their reign is Eternal and Everlasting, Jesus is the peace giver, the grace of God Himself.  There is no end to his peace, His rule, and His reign.  The Son of God shows up in such an unusual way, as a baby lying in a manger, just like you and me.  As to say to us, I am God with you, I am God like you, but I am God.  Make no mistake in who I am and why I have come.

This Christmas I hope we reflect on what this day means, that THE GREATEST GIFT that has ever been given is a free gift to receive.  As we embrace the spirit of believing this Christmas, let us hold tight to believing that this day changed the world and the implications of this Great Gift, changed the world forever.

With all the celebrating you will and should have this year, may this be a time of great intimacy with God through His Holy Spirit.  Spending precious moments with friends and family while noticing how God shows up even today with us.  He is God with us just as much today as He was on the night Jesus was born.

From all of us at Westside Sisters we hope you have the greatest Christmas you have ever had as you use this time to understand you can receive “THE GREATEST GIFT” in Jesus himself.  We invite you to participate with us as we celebrate Christmas Eve at 9:00am, 10:45am, and a special candlelight service @ 4:45pm.  We will kick off the Candlelight service with light refreshments at 4:00pm.

I would like to personally invite you to come join us as we celebrate “The Greatest Gift” ever known to man.

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