The Gift of Love and Friendship

One of my favorite Christmas songs goes like this: “Have yourselves a merry little Christmas. Let your heart be light. From now on your troubles will be out of sight!” How I wish this could be true for all of us! For many, the troubles of the year are closer than ever with no end in sight! But Jesus can fix that problem—He can give us light hearts, and set us free from the troubles of the world, which so quickly encroach upon us.

How do we know that Jesus loves us? He proved it by becoming our friend. Think of this: Jesus, who is holy, eternal, and all-powerful, came into the world to be a friend of sinners. Think how ironic this is! It’s one thing for God to send us a Savior; it’s another for that Savior to be known to us as friend! What kind of God does that? A relational God does that, and He keeps doing it. God was not content to simply send us a deliverer; our deliverer had to be one who understood us, loved us, and felt our human pain. That’s what we see in our texts this Sunday (Isaiah 7:14 and John 1:14-17), where Scripture tells us of God’s daring friendship. Not only did He come to be with us, He also came to transform our desperate situation into a grace-filled life of friendship with our Creator. And here’s the thing: He still comes to us daily with grace and truth. Why? To help us manage life’s difficulties with the assurance that both in this life and in the life to come we’re loved and have been offered friendship. When this is realized, our hearts will be light not only during Christmas but also throughout the year. Do you see this changing your life in any way?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Pastor Briant


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