Christmas Eve 2002

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Today we celebrate the Word made flesh who dwelt among us: Jesus Christ, God made man. We were sinful, wretched, lonely, separate from God; and he came to give us a way, Himself, the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all, that all would be forgiven. To the person who receives him as Lord, professes him as Savior, and holds to an unshakeable faith in Christ alone, he promises life eternal, blessings aplenty, and unspeakable joy.

Take heart and be of good cheer! We celebrate His coming, and cry out with joy, “God is most certainly with us!” Merry Christmas to you all.