12/15/2011

(Genesis 3:21-24) “The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” 

Is Christmas a happy time for you?  Or is it a difficult time?  Is there a way to make sure that Christmas is a joyful time?  Yes there is!  But how?

Christmas can be a joyful time if we keep a focus on what Christmas is really about.  Christmas isn’t about gifts, it isn’t about family, it isn’t about food, it isn’t about snow.  (In regards to that final one, thank God!  🙂   But Christmas IS about God repairing our relationship with Him … forever.  Jesus had to come to this earth in order to win salvation for us.  By His death He paid for our sins; by His resurrection He proved it.  Jesus’ work repaired our relationship with God!  That’s what Christmas is all about!

And I’m going to guess that Adam and Eve would have absolutely loved Christmas!  They had made such a mess out of their relationship with God that God had to drive them out of the Garden of Eden and had to prevent them from trying to return to it.  Can you imagine how they would have longed to have that relationship repaired?  Can you imagine how they would have longed to be able to get back into the Garden of Eden?

Well, the Garden of Eden is gone; but God has prepared something even better!  He’s prepared heaven for all those who believe in Him!  And the good-news begins with Christmas, as Jesus, the Savior, is born.  And if we keep that in mind?  Then our Christmas WILL be joyful, no matter what.

Thankful for a repaired relationship with God, just like you,

Pastor Schumann

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