Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

John 1:14 (NLT)
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

In one of the great Christmas Carol’s of all-time, “O, Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” it says, “O come, O come, Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel. That mourns in lonely exile here. Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.” In this song we see some very important aspects of Christmas that is often overlooked. When it comes to Christmas we at best focus on Jesus’ birth, and at worst we focus on our selfish desires and ourselves. However, the true meaning behind Christmas is that Jesus, who was God the Son, became human and lived among us. Furthermore, He didn’t just come to be born and live as a human, but he did it to “ransom” us from the chains of sin and death. He came to set us free! In order to do this He had to become like us so that He could stand in our place on the cross. John makes a very powerful and blunt statement. He says that the Word became human. The Greek literally reads “and the Word became flesh.” He uses a term that put the incarnation of Jesus in its true light. In one short but powerful phrase John gets to the heart of the Gospel by saying that the Word became human in order to save us from our sins (Morris, NICNT: John, 91-93). What are you focusing on this Christmas? Are you focusing on the trappings of a Holiday that is becoming more and more secularized? Are you focusing on Jesus as a baby? Or are you focusing on the miracle of the Incarnation and it’s real purpose? As the Angel’s told the shepherd’s many years ago, “but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David” (Luke 2:10-11, NLT)! Let us rejoice, for Emmanuel, God with us, has come!

In Christ,

Pastor Mark


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  1. Pansy Carter says:

    I am Pansy Carter and I am with The Carter Family Ministries we are a gospel singing group and my husband is an evangelist Joseph Carter. We are from Winnsboro SC and we go to Portsmouth Ohio every year having a singing and preaching in the Tracys Park we have had 16 people get saved since we have been going out there all together we have seen 66 people get saved since we have been going out singing and preaching for the Lord. I thank God for those souls that got saved and we are praying for more souls to be won. Lucasville church of God has came over there and been with us in those services that we had in Ohio. If you need any one for a singing or revival or homecoming for your church when ever were out there in July of 2012 just let us know we would be glad to come and share what Gods laid on our hearts. Just pray about it and if God leads you to call us than that would be great we are going to be praying along with you if this is what gods wants us to do. Our contact numbers are 803-482-2225 and 803-287-4324 and 803-287-4322 I pray that god will lay this on your heart to use us for a singing or homecoming or revival we cant wait to go out again to do gods work trying to win souls for Jesus. We cant wait to see what gods going to do next. May God bless you and your church.

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