Merry Christmas

For many of us, the Christmas story is so familiar, that if we aren’t careful, we might overlook how marvelously shocking it all is. Think about it--

  • The King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace—God’s own Son--leaves heaven on a mission to save mankind.  He’s born on earth as…
  • the helpless baby Jesus…
  • to an unmarried 15 year old virgin…
  • in a filthy stable full of smelly barnyard animals…
  • and the first people the angels announce the amazing news to are…
  • shepherds? Really? Was any profession held in lower esteem (the whole smelly animals thing)? If the story took place today, would this part be played by garbage men?

Jesus never worried much about keeping up appearances. He spent a lot of his time on earth with the poor and with sinners.  Shocking behavior! And shockingly good news! God’s Word says this:

this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Jn 3:16-17 (NLT)

More than a few times I’ve heard people say that Camden would be just the kind of place where Jesus would show up. Fifty years ago, Fellowship House was planted in Camden as a witness to God’s amazing love for the whole world. Today, we continue to shine the light of Christ in this neighborhood by serving its children and their families.  Thank you for standing with us! Our prayer for you is the same as our prayer for our children—that you would know the fullness of life that Jesus promises to all who follow Him!

Merry Christmas!

Doug WagnerComment