& Marla McGovney
Dear Sisters and Brothers, can you believe it is the Christmas Season already. I am just about ready for the fourth of July and here we are recovering from the Thanksgiving meal and scrambling to get ready for Christmas. So, for most of us, (some are much more organized), why do we wait to the last minute to get ready for Christmas? It come around each year at pretty much the same time and yet so many of us are not ready. You know that is how it was with the Jews, they were not ready for the Messiah to come. Oh yes there is historical information and Biblical info as well that supports that they were ready, but they really were not. If they were ready they would have accepted Jesus as Messiah and all would have been well, or would it have been. What about the Gentiles? What if the Jews would have said yes to Jesus, would he have been crucified so that His blood would be shed for ALL sinners. No, so where would we be today? We, the Gentiles would have been left without a savior and no way to get to Heaven. So I am glad to a degree that the Jews really were not ready; however, what about today. This time when Jesus comes to the earth ALL people must be ready, Jews and Gentiles alike or Jesus' first coming will mean nothing. If we are not prepared for any reason for Jesus' return, eternity will be Hell literally. We can't wait to the last minute to put on Jesus as we do to put up the tree. We can't wait to the last minute to tell others of the Blood of Christ as we do to buy our groceries for Christmas diner. We have to be ready! We may not see this Christmas, God could take us out of this world before Christmas gets her, God could send Jesus back before Christmas is here. We do not know the day or the hour, we just have to be READY! Christmas may come just once a year, at least on the calendar, but Jesus is alive every day of the year. The greatest gift was not the birth of Jesus Christ, it was the Death and Resurrection. That is the greatest gift, and each and every day represents the Glory of Easter. Night is the death and Morning the resurrection. It also shows the time of creation from darkness to light and what is the true light...….Jesus Christ. So maybe you don't have a tree up, maybe you don't decorate much, maybe you don't have your Christmas day meal menu yet, what do any of those things matter. What does matter is... Are you Ready? Do you know that you know that you know that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Saviour? If you don't the please, get on you knees and ask Jesus to come into your heart and to be the Lord of your Life right now. You can never be ready soon enough. To all of my Sisters and Brothers, may you have a Blessed Christmas season and a prosperous New year.
Pastor Mike and Marla and yes Suzie