Yesterday, we officially kicked off the Christmas season at Two Rivers. I love the holiday season: the songs, the weather, the lights, the message. Honestly, the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is my favorite time of the year! Maybe you feel the same way.
For others, this month brings great panic and stress. The shopping, all the things that have to be done that you haven’t gotten to because your normal busy life doesn’t stop for Christmas.
So, what kind of month is this going to be for you? I want to encourage you today to make this the best month of your year!
Our goal at Two Rivers is for this to be the best December ever, and it is going to begin with a choice. It’s a choice to share the story of Jesus birth, to share what Christmas is really about. All the food, the presents, the decorations, they are just part of the celebration of the Good News that came that Christmas night!
And let me confess. I’m the worst at sharing the good news at Christmas. Yes, I get to share from the stage about Jesus, but I’m talking about sharing the Gospel in the every day flow of my life. Do people see the Good News in me, and more importantly, do I share it with anyone?
Telling the story of Jesus is what Christmas is all about. If we miss that, we miss the JOY of Christmas!
Look at what happened that first Christmas. Luke 2 starting in vs. 10
“But the angel said to them,… ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’
So, the shepherds went and checked this thing out and saw the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. After that, look what happened in vs. 17…
“When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child…”
That’s it! That’s what Christmas, the good news, is all about.
– Someone told them.
-They experienced it for themselves (it became personal).
-Then they told someone else (intentional).
That’s the joy of Christmas, sharing the Good News.