Because of the first Christmas, no person and no situation is beyond redemption. Jesus’ birth was followed by his perfect life, his death on the cross so that our sins would be forgiven, and his resurrection, which ensures new life for us. Let’s celebrate Christmas with thanks for the hope that we have because of the first Christmas.
On behalf of the staff, thank you for the gracious financial gifts you provided for the staff this year. Serving FBC is a blessing on its own. Thank you for further blessing us through your generosity.
To say that Jesus is Everlasting Father is odd. Jesus is the Son of God, not the Father. But as Slade pointed out, Isaiah’s point is that Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of what the Jews hoped their king would be like. One of their hopes was that he would be like a compassionate Father. He would protect and provide for his people. Jesus does exactly that for us.
This week’s Prayer Prompt is for FBC, the Community and the World
As we shared on Sunday, one way we need Jesus’ protection and provision in the situation with James Arbaugh, a missionary FBC has known for a long time. Many FBCers invested heavily in James’s ministry over the years. James has confessed to inappropriate relationships with minors in Haiti. We pray for protection and provision for these children, those who have known James over the years, and for James himself. Pray for comfort for all involved.
There are many children in our community who do not know the protection of provision of an earthly father or Jesus. Let’s pray that they meet Jesus this Christmas.