Last Sunday, December 18th, 2016, Pastor Duane White shared a brief message with us as we celebrated Christmas at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.
Christmas At The Bridge
On Sunday, we had an amazing Christmas service featuring vibrant worship, special musical and dance presentations, as well as a song from our Bridge Kids. We were blessed to be able to give away a $250 shopping spree and a new Xbox One S to two lucky guests, and we handed out stockings to every child.
Pastor Duane White also shared a few thoughts as we begin enter the Christmas season.
“I would have to be one of them, so they could see and hear and understand.” – Unknown
This phrase is what the gospel is all about. It is also what Christmas is about. The thread of the whole Bible is God becoming one of us, so that we could see, hear, and understand Him.
You might remember the line from the popular 90’s song sang by Joan Osbourne: “What if God was one of us?” Well, He was one of us, in the form of Jesus, so that we could see, hear, and understand Him.
Until we grasp the concept of Emmanuel, God with us, and until we believe the incarnation, we can’t see, or hear, and we don’t really understand who God is, or what life is really all about.
“They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear nor is there breath in their mouths. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.” (Psalm 135:16-18, NIV)
All of life and religion, politics, and society try to define Him with their blind eyes and their deaf ears and their warped understanding. Literally like the blind leading the blind or the “birds leading the birds.” As they lead, you come crashing into a window time after time.
They shout that God is:
- A Judge
- An Evil taskmaster
- The “man upstairs” somewhere in the distance
Jesus came to change that perception, so that we could see, hear, and understand. He came so we could see love in action. A love like no one had ever displayed. Selfless love. Sacrificing love. Unconditional love. He came so we could hear the good news. That’s what we call the gospel.
The good news is what Jesus did what you could not do. He paid what you could not pay. He earned what you could never earn.
The good news that it’s not about your effort, but His. That’s the best news ever!
He came so that we could understand the true meaning of life, and the true meaning of life begins with an understanding of what forgiveness really means by understanding words like grace and mercy and acceptance.
Religion is man trying to be good enough to earn his way to God, but true Christianity is a good God coming to man. Religion is man trying to work his way to heaven when Christianity is God, in Jesus, bringing Heaven to earth.
Jesus left heaven to enter our world and show us the way.
“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” (John 1:14, The Message)
People say it wasn’t fitting for a KING to be born in a cow trough, but Jesus wasn’t coming to show us his Kingship yet. He came to show us that He identified with all of us.
If you believe that today, Jesus wants to come to you. He’s still willing to roll up his sleeves and come into your neighborhood. He’s still willing to enter your world and show you the way. If you’ve never accepted that, today you can and this could be the first day for you to see, hear, and understand.
There are a lot of ways He could have come. He’s God. Creator of the universe. Will you let Him come meet you today?
“Though sins were scarlet I’ve made them white as snow.”
“Come, let’s talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow.” (Isaiah 1:18a TLB)
Will you let Him come to you today?