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Alone No More This Christmas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 View Comments Comments (0)
 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoke by the prophet: ”Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). Matthew 1:22-23
 
One of the things I love about our church is how different we all are. Now I didn’t say weird, I said different. This can be detected early in our conversations about how we plan to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ this Christmas season. Some like to start out listening to Christmas music early and some think that you shouldn’t do that till after Thanksgiving. Some think you should exchange gifts on Christmas Eve and some think only on Christmas day. Some think you should have a Christmas turkey and some a Christmas ham. And on and on it goes.
 
We all have personal preferences, but no matter what age, race or economic status one thing I know for sure is that nobody likes to feel alone. Now I know that perhaps the mom of four children all under the age of ten is longing for some alone time. And then there are those gatherings with people that you are told you have to spend Christmas with because they are your “family,” but you would rather be alone.
 
The point I’m trying to make is that we all may want some alone time. I didn’t say we never want to be alone, I said no one wants to feel alone, because there’s a difference.
 
I remember when they had to rush Sandy to the University of Mississippi Medical Center during her pregnancy with Caleb and we thought we were going to lose him. Someone rode in the ambulance with Sandy for that 95 mile ride, but I came a little later after gathering some things and rode by myself in the car. I can remember feeling so alone. I felt like nobody was there, that nobody was aware of what I was going through, I just felt so alone.
 
So the reality is you may be surrounded by people, but still feel alone because the world has a way of doing this to us. Often we feel alone because we’ve been shaken up by the circumstances of life that have caught us completely off guard. We find ourselves saying, “I never saw that coming.”
 
Or perhaps we feel along because we’ve made some bad moral decisions over the past few months or years and we think, “I’m so messed up there’s no way God would want anything to do with me.”
 
Maybe neither of those situations apply to you but perhaps you feel alone today because you’re Mr. or Mrs. Perfect. You dot every “i” and cross every “t” thinking that your behavior is going to be so awesome that God just has to be impressed and love you. The sad truth is you have religion but you may not have a relationship with Jesus Christ and that makes for some of the loneliest people I’ve ever met.
 
What is so crazy is that over 2,000 years ago God sent His Son so that we would know that in Christ we never have to be alone. We read that in our text, “and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). If there’s one thing God wants you to know this Christmas it’s that He’s not against you, He’s with you in Christ.
 
Every one of us is on a spiritual journey and maybe your journey has you shook up or messed up or maybe you’re struggling to get cleaned up. The Good News is that you can’t do anything about that because it is impossible, so stop trying. You might wonder why I would think that’s such Good News. The reason I think that’s Good News is because when we get to the end of ourselves and realize that we are powerless to save ourselves that’s when we’re ready to embrace by faith the fact that what was impossible for us to do has already been done in Christ.
 
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The gift of forgiveness of sin, power to change and live an abundant life, as well as, eternity spent with God in heaven was delivered on Christmas some 2,000 years ago. It was lifted up and presented to you on that great Easter morning three days after Christ’s crucifixion and today God says, “You don’t have to be alone, I’ll be with you.” You’re gift to God this Christmas season would be to receive that gift by faith and share it with someone else.
 
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