Today, is Black Friday and stores will be packed. I am sure there are people who have been in line for hours already. For many, Black Friday (or the day after Thanksgiving) marks the beginning of the Christmas season. With all of the activity that happens today, one has to ask, what is all the fuss about?
Most of us who will be waiting in line, fighting the crowds, and hunting for deals are buying gifts to give to those they love. We will buy plastic things, electric things, tasty things, stylish things, convenient things, compelling things, fascinating things, and all other kinds of things. But, what do we need the most?
God knew what our greatest need was and so He sent His Son Jesus Christ. It was the most compassionate act in all of human history! And so a baby was sent into this world to provide us with a one of a kind gift. It was the gift of Himself, coming to be with us as Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). It was the gift of salvation (Luke 2:27-32; John 14:6; 1 John 5:11). It was the gift of new life (2 Corinthians 5:17). It was the gift of compassion (Mark 6:34; John 10:1-18). God spared no expense in sending us the gift of His Son.
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all– how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
This weekend, our church, Southbridge Fellowship will launch a brand new series entitled: Compassionate Christmas. During this series, we will be talking about the compassion that God has shown toward us and how His compassion should change our lives. As you begin to celebrate this Christmas season, I would like to personally invite you to join us this Sunday at the Brier Creek movie theater at either 9am or 10:30am for one of our worship services. I hope to see you there.