Dear school family,
I trust you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your families a few days ago. Right now, we find ourselves in the midst of the Christmas season once more. For the Christian, this is one of the two most cherished events in our calendars. The other being the passion, death, resurrection and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. Sadly, every year, most people miss Christmas. In the account of the nativity, we find some people who missed it, and with it, the blessing of meeting the Savior and Messiah.
- The Innkeeper missed it by not letting Mary and Joseph in to stay with him though it might have happened on his own property because of ignorant preoccupation.
- King Herod missed Christmas because of fear. He had no room for Jesus because he was afraid of another king taking his place.
- The chief priests also missed Christmas because of proud indifference. They never even bothered to check if the story of the magi was true.
- Jerusalem missed Christmas. Why did Jerusalem miss it? Religion. They were very religious. They were so busy with their religion, carrying out their ritual that they missed the reality. They were busy worshiping the right God in the wrong way. Jesus didn’t fit their system.
- The Romans missed Christmas. The Romans are woven all through the biblical record. But they all missed Christmas because of their idolatry, they had their own gods. Christ didn’t fit in.
- Nazareth missed Christmas. He spent 30 years of His life in Nazareth and they missed Him. There was no room for Him. Nazareth missed Christmas because of familiarity. They knew Him so well He wasn’t special. They did not see the divine nature in Jesus because he was just another neighbor.
Behind all of those reasons is one basic reason–unbelief. They refuse to believe.
John 1:12 says “The world was made by Him and the world knew Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God even to them that believed on His name.”
If you have not done so already, I invite you to receive Christ into your heart and ask Him to be your Lord and Savior. Believe that the sacrifice He paid on the cross of Calvary for you is the full payment for your sins: past, present and future. You will find that only then, Christmas will become a wonderful reality in your life. Do not miss Christmas this year.
On behalf of all our CPCA faculty and staff, we want to wish you a blessed and fulfilling Christmas!