Monday, December 13, 2010

Message from Jim Koan, Superintendent

Hmmm…let’s see; how can I add to the Christmas message? How can any words of “little ole’ me” add to your Christmas preparation? What cute story can I tell you to warm your heart, make you think of Christmas’s long past? What word picture can I paint to make your mouth water for a long forgotten holiday treat?

Truth is, I can’t…because I don’t want to. I do want to distract you or me from the marvelous, wonderful, awesome message…”Unto us a Child is born; unto us a Savior is given...and His name shall be called…WONDERFUL” (Isaiah 9:2-6)

So please join me; pause to reflect on the glorious message the angels raced to earth to share:

9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
and the warhorses from Jerusalem,
and the battle bow will be broken.
He will proclaim peace to the nations.
His rule will extend from sea to sea
and from the River[a] to the ends of the earth. (Zech. 9:9-10)

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2:10-20)

Our “King” is coming…He’s already come, yes, but He’s coming again to reign forever. Reflect…and rejoice!

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