Just now I read about the shooting in Strasbourg, France. I won’t relay the details except that it happened at the place is described as the “capital of Christmas.” As tens-of-thousands of men and women and children flocked there to enjoy this festive and wonderful holiday, evil erupted on the streets. But this is no irony. For we must remember that Christmas marks the coming of God into the darkness.
The world, we know (consciously or sub-consciously), is not the way it is supposed to be. And the word that comes to our minds and hearts to describe this reality is: evil. Evil exists. It is baffling and maddening and awful. And questions abound: Why is it like this? How should we respond? Where is God in all of this? But the most important question is the hardest one: Is there evil in us? Christmas reminds us of the darkness. But also the great and powerful light. May it have its way with us this Sunday.
Sharing Christ(mas) Challenge
Our challenge to you this month is share Christ with those who don’t know him. Invite one person to church, or tell one person about the good news of Jesus this Christmas season (use the outline God-Man-Christ-Response). Our Christmas Eve service is a great opportunity! December 24th at 4:30pm. There are invitation cards at the church you are welcome to utilize.