The Gift at Christmas which Keeps on Giving 
While we all get ready for the holidays, we can be sure that God is with us in Jesus, his Son. Christmas reminds us that the meaning of the Word made flesh has to do with God taking the initiative to save us from our sin, in general, but also to save each one of us in particular: as each person’s sin separates one from God. At his birth, Jesus is the Son of God who took on flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, his mother. He is God’s one and only Son. He takes upon Himself human nature and suffers the burdens of all those who suffer under their own sin. He is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world in his own self for us. In return, God offers the complete forgiveness of all sin, as well as life and salvation. Trusting in these promises is called faith. And faith receives all Christ’s benefits. 
Christmas reminds us that salvation has more to do with what God has done for us in Jesus than in what we think about who God is or how we are supposed to act and behave. Christmas is God making all things right, through his Son Jesus; that means that we are reconciled by Jesus’ life, passion, death, and resurrection. Faith receives this. And all this is for you, like a gift at Christmas is given to you and for you to receive and open. 
This gift is that God in Jesus Christ is for you not against you. God in Jesus is on your side. And Christmas invites us to reflect with joy and hope at his coming as our Savior who arrived to share with us and to deliver us from what separates us from God and from one another. 
Thank you, God, for taking this initiative and we praise you and magnify your holy Name, forever! 
Merry Christmas to all God’s people in Jesus Christ here at Our Savior and out into the rest of the world. 
Have a wonderful holiday, y’all. 
Pastor George