My 2 daughters are incredibly excited. Ever since the advent calendars came out they have known Christmas is on the horizon. As decorations go up, lights appear along the street, and presents gather around the tree the excitement and joy has been building.
For at least 400 years, people had been waiting for the Messiah God had promised would come. Multiple generations had gone by as they waited for the promised one who would lead them into freedom and give them hope. They had been waiting so long that any excitement and joy had disappeared.
For me, the excitement and joy of Christmas comes on Christmas Day because the waiting is over. God’s promise to bring hope and freedom to all the world has come and is cradled in a manger. Jesus is here; born in a stable, announced by angels and worshipped by shepherds and magi and you and me.
In the excitement and joy of the festive season, I pray you will know the joy of freedom and hope that Jesus brings.
From all at FMC we wish you a very Happy Christmas, and a blessed 2020.