It is almost unbelievable we are in month twelve of 2016.Yes, December is upon us already.Christmas preparations are in full swing.I heard on the radio this morning talk of "last minute gifts."It was not that long ago when last minute still meant shopping on December 24th at 5:00 pm, not 7:00 am on December 1st.Our society has been so overrun by consumerism to the point stores begin decorating and pushing merchandise for Christmas right alongside all of the back-to-school specials.The focus of Christmas has changed to the merchandise and away from the Messiah.
We looked Sunday (11/27) at Matthew 2:1-12 exploring the term Christgiving.Christgiving, or the giving of Christ, helps us to focus on the true Reason for the Season.When we study the gifts of the Magi (gold, frankincense, and myrrh) we learn three distinct truths of Jesus and His purpose for coming to Earth.These truths should help focus our Christmas spirit and energy.Gold represents Jesus' kingship.He is born as part of the Davidic line with a claim to the Jewish throne.However, Jesus' kingship goes beyond an earthly throne.He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess, Jesus is Lord!"We must remember we worship the King at Christmas.
Frankincense represents Jesus' deity.He is God.Part of Jewish worship included burning incense (frankincense) at the altar in the Temple.We must remember we worship The Creator at Christmas.The myrrh represents Jesus' humanity.More specific, it represents His death.Myrrh was reserved for use in the burial process.Me must remember Jesus was born to die.He came for the purpose to die on the Cross for our sins in our place.He is fully God and fully man.At the resurrection, Jesus took His humanity into Heaven with Him giving us the hope will join Him one day.We must remember we worship the Savior at Christmas.
No matter what your family Christmas celebration looks like, remember to allow Jesus Christ as its center.Truly worship Him as the King of Kings, Creator, and Savior this Christmas.Enjoy this special season with fellowship among family and friends.Above all, enjoy this special season in fellowship Jesus Christ.
I am excited about what God has in store for us together here at Pawhuska 1st Baptist as we finish out 2016 and beyond!God has brought us all here together at this time for a mighty work.Be in constant prayer for discernment for understanding of what this work is.“Greater things are yet to be done in this city…”Be constant in prayer.Be actively seeking the welfare of Pawhuska (Jeremiah 29:4-9).Together we must, “Touch the World…Impact Eternity.”In our mission and ministry at Pawhuska FBC, we must truly put Pawhuska First! It is in our name.It isour mission.