Christmas Eve Service at Cornerstone 5:30 PM. Great time to INVITE. Something for all ages this night!
A Christmas Thought:
Dr. Robert Fife, popular Milligan College professor, once related a very moving Christmas experience. In 1944 during World War II he was a frightened twenty-year-old American GI fighting his way to Berlin. He spent most of the winter on the frigid battlefields of France. On Christmas Eve his small company bunked down in an old rickety barn outside Paris. He said that night was the lowest point of his young life. He really felt sorry for himself and desperately longed for home.
He thought, “Fife, this is as bad as it gets. It’s Christmas Eve. A year ago tonight you were in a warm, secure home with parents and family. This year you’re thousands of miles from home, alone in a cold barn, and you don’t even know if you’ll live through tomorrow. It can’t get much worse than this.”
Then suddenly it hit him. That’s what the first Christmas was like. Jesus left His secure, comfortable home in heaven and spent His first night in a cold barn in Judea, subject to all kinds of dangers. The Roman soldiers despised and abused the Jews. King Herod wanted Him dead. His earthly parents were poor and inexperienced. He was born in a shed surrounded by filth and dumb animals. Yet on that evening angels announced to nearby shepherds, “Peace on earth and good will to men.”
Robert Fife said that lonely Christmas Eve in France became one of the most memorable of his life because he spent a good part of the evening thanking God for the supreme sacrifice He made. That experience helped him develop a deeper appreciation of what Jesus did for him.
The holidays aren’t ultimately about perfect relationships or jingle bells ting-a-linging and welcoming hugs around a beautiful Christmas tree. Christmas is giving heartfelt thanks for this marvelous, historical fact: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It’s being reminded of the trustworthy promise that even though life here is imperfect, we have a perfect inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade, kept in heaven for us.
May the peace of King Jesus be yours
may his joy overflow in your life
as you celebrate his birth
wait secure in the hope of his glorious return.