A CHRISTMAS LETTER FROM YOUR PASTORS
“What are we going to give Grandpa?” That is usually a big question in some of our homes. All the other names on the Christmas gift list seem to be easily taken care of, but Grandpa is a little bit more difficult. There are just so many pairs of socks, so many different ties that we can give.
There is one GIFT, though, about which there can be no question. John the Baptist spoke of this GIFT, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29), to his disciples. The best thing John could do for his disciples was to point them to Christ as the Lamb of God. By God’s grace John had seen that Lamb; now he wanted his disciples to see Him also. John’s disciples knew what he meant. They must have thought of those lambs without spot and blemish which were offered daily in the temple. They must have thought of how the blood of those lambs pointed ahead to the blood of God’s great Lamb which would be shed on the altar of the cross. The Lamb of God – the Savior – that is what John wanted to give his disciples. Could he tell them or give them anything greater?
What are we giving this Christmas? Should there be any question about which gift comes first? What an opportunity to point out that Lamb of God again to our family. “Look, the Lamb of God,” we are privileged to say as we kneel with our loved ones at that Bethlehem manger. What an opportunity as we look at those presents under our tree to remind us of God’s great PRESENT which started it all. What an opportunity as we open those presents to remind ourselves again of how we need to follow John’s example and point out to all who will listen, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
What are we giving this Christmas? “Jesus, the Lamb of God,” we answer in Christmas faith, in any way we can to all those names on our gift list and to all the others we can reach in our world.
A most blessed Christ-filled Christmas to you all!
Pastor James Castillo & Pastor Robert Fleischmann