Merry Christmas from the Training Department!
In the excitement of things surrounding Christmas: the lights, gifts, time with family, and chilly temperatures, chances are there will be times of reflection happening over the next week. Taking time to recognize God’s hand throughout the year is very important. Things may not always be picture perfect; while many are rejoicing and thankful, some may be struggling during the holiday season. Either way, we all have much to be grateful for. God sent his only son, Jesus Christ to this earth and we get to celebrate his birth and ultimately his sacrifice for us. Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior, and redeemer was born to be our atoning sacrifice.
Reconciliation with God is found through Jesus Christ. Jesus was born in a manger, a place of humility. He met creation in one of the lowliest of environments. His birth is symbolic of God meeting us in our dirty, broken places. Serving in teen challenge, those in our care and many of us come from the broken places. This means that Christ came for us, despite the circumstances we find ourselves in. Jesus Christ was the ultimate gift to us, The Way to reconciliation with God the Father. When we accept this free gift from God, we begin a new relationship with God, one that is righteously restored.
Celebrating Jesus’ birth means celebrating a new life. Being born again is made possible through faith in Jesus. This Christmas we get to celebrate the newness of life! God provided all our needs and gave us the greatest gift of all, His son Jesus Christ. During this season, take time to reflect on your life and family, as well as the birth of Jesus. Remembering the reason for the season will help us keep a Godly perspective during this exciting time of the year.
Wishing a very Merry Christmas to you and your families!
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”