Advent Season – Celebrating what is important

How many parties are you organizing this year? How many are you attending? And your children, how many are they going to? Is Santa making a special appearance at your party? Will he be followed by some elves? How about the food? Did you make a list already? By now, if you are not a BIG procrastinator, you bought your presents already and started to wrap them. If you are a procrastinator, them it is time to get busy. That means many things will be left undone, or for the last minute. This is when prayer gets a special meaning, a miracle is needed, and it is needed NOW!

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The problem with this picture is that sometimes we are so busy running to get things done, participating or organizing parties that we forget what we are celebrating. Or maybe we are celebrating friendship, which is good, or family which is better, but still some of us are missing the point. Christmas is a specific celebration and we should not get confused or derailed. Let me share with you a few important things that we should celebrate during this season.

1. The love of God – The first thing that all of us should celebrate is the love of God. Advent is a tremendous demonstration of the love of God. He loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son to give His life for us. There is no love bigger than that.

2. The birth of our Savior – Santa is fun, the presents are good, the parties are nice, the family together is great, but Christmas is about something else, it is the advent of our Savior. At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Savior. Do not let that be a footnote in your season.

3. The salvation – The third thing that we cannot forget is the reason for Jesus to come. The angel, when announcing the child to Joseph said: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1: 21.” Jesus came to save us from our sins. We were lost, without direction, under the curse, living as slaves. Jesus came to bring us freedom, transformation, light and love. Celebrate that.

4. The forgiveness of our sins – One of the most wonderful things that we can experience in life is to know that our sins are forgiven. Our sins have the power to separate us from God and His love. Our sins keep us under condemnation and cause all the problems that we face in life. Jesus was sent so, by His life, death, and resurrection, we could receive forgiveness from God. Because of Jesus, now we have access to God and His love, grace, and mercy. The prophet puts in this way: “No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. Jeremiah 31:34”

So, this season, have a good time with your friends and family, but do not forget to celebrate the real reason for the season.

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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