Pastor's Pen for 05/22/2018I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The angel sent from heaven down to earth is preaching the Good News of the Gospel. Good News of great joy is all about Jesus for you, the sinner. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1)

GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1)

No longer are you alone. No longer is life an aimless wandering. No longer do you need to fear death. Why? Good News of Great Joy. Jesus is born of the Virgin Mary. God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3)

Jesus comes to take the wrath of God due sinners. Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them. (2 Corinthians 5) GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY IS CHRISTMAS. God coming to bring salvation FULL & FREE.

That you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot…This word is the GOOD NEWS that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1)

Jesus has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil. Jesus came from heaven down to earth out of His LOVE FOR YOU. GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY. Jesus’ destination is the Cross of Calvary – to hang from the TREE all your sins in His Body.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will… (Ephesians 1)

After the Angel preaches the Good News to lowly Shepherds, Heaven breaks wide open. The Angelic choir is singing. A multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2)

God the Father is glorified in the work of His Son. God is glorified as sinners are brought to faith in Jesus. Jesus’ saving work brings PEACE – PEACE with God. “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you. He breathed on them “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them. (John 20)

Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Christ the Lord gives you peace that surpasses all understanding. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body... Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. (Colossians 3)

Christmas PEACE. Christians have Christmas peace. Peace in your life. Peace in our families. Peace in our Church. Through the forgiveness of sins. Forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3)

Peace be with you. Merry Christmas. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.