We hope that you and your family have a joyful Christmas! Finding reasons to be joyful does a great service to the people around us and the good news of Jesus is better than any other news you could be given. It’s not just a good story. Imaginative stories are a poor substitute for The Truth. We believe Jesus’ life should be celebrated all year long because He is the greatest gift that has ever been given and nothing else can compare to receiving him. In fact, at the end of 2 Corinthians 9, where The Bible talks about generosity, the last verse uses a word which is found nowhere else in The Bible. ‘Indescribable’(NIV & NASB) is a word that was unknown before Paul improvises with it here- when he, a master of the Greek language is unable to express how wonderfull and marvelous the gift is! Jesus’ whole life was miraculous but incredibly personal, changing the lives of not just Mary & Joseph, but all who would change their direction to follow Him. Mary & Joseph arrived in Bethlehem at the same time as all those returning for the mandatory census, so it was not as peaceful as we imagine it. Joseph tried desperately to find a suitable place for His wife to give birth, but was only able to find a livestock stall. They were likely exhausted by the time they were able to sit down. Arriving soon after was One who went from limitless sovereign Creator of the entire universe, to becoming a tiny human embryo and being born into this world to be tempted just like we are but remain ‘God with us’, holy and free of sin. He humbled himself enough to die for us all and become our perfect Savior and Prince Of Peace! To celebrate our Christ’s arrival, a great chorus of angels appeared singing praise for our reconciliation, and now He has left the cross to live in You! Unexplainable and yet undeniable. Make this Christmas really special by giving our creator something He wants- You. It’s not about dressing it all up and keeping traditions, but simple love shared everywhere, all the time, with all people. Jesus asked us to give all, and hopefully our time and energy will be spent bringing good news of great joy. After all, He is King of all and the tangible expression of that supremacy in our world is through us, His church.