December, 2017

“That I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation” (Psalm 9:14 ESV).

The Great CelebrationPastorKeithThe greatest celebration of Christmas sets us up for the coming resurrection of Jesus. Without Christmas, there can be no resurrection; and without the resurrection, Christmas means nothing. This is something we can rest in for the rest of our life.

In his hymn, Philip Doddridge brings focus to that wonderful truth. He talks about his “long-divided heart.” Division always brings with it a sense of confusion; before I rested in Christ as my Savior and as my Lord, my heart was divided. The apostle Paul talked about this confusion in his own life and cried, “O wretched man that I am!” (Romans 7:24).

All of our restlessness can be taken care of because of the Incarnation. St. Augustine said, “We are restless until we rest fully in Thee.”

The coming of the Christ-child in that manger in Bethlehem opened up the way for us to find our full rest in God. I can understand the theology, I can believe the Scriptures; but until I experientially rest in Christ of Bethlehem and Calvary, it means nothing.

Christmas is not a time merely to celebrate, but rather it is a time to embrace Christ and rest in Him for all the days of our life

As we seek to “live the life” unto Jesus may we find this rest now and beyond.

In His service,

Keith L. Bagwell