Christ Has Come!

Keith Pate

This Advent season we are called to reflect upon what Christmas is all about. What trappings characterize this most busy of seasons? Is it tinsel and holly, cedar and pine, Santa and children, mistletoe and jingle bells, family and parties or something deeper; something richer and more satisfying?

I hope the presentation of “Celebrate the King” this past Sunday reminded us of the true meaning of Christmas. Christ stands at the center of this most joyous of celebrations! In our busy shuffle from one activity to the next we can miss it – miss Him!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

God, the Creator of the universe, lowered Himself and took on human flesh and blood with all the limitations that entailed. JESUS, fully God, became fully human. He lowered Himself. He denied Himself of all He deserved to live on this earth as we do. To experience the same struggles we face: hunger, thirst, pain, weariness, sorrow and temptation. Yet in His humanness He never sinned, He lived a perfect life and ultimately became the sinless offering and sacrifice for our sins! What amazing love!

Romans 5:8 reminds us. But God demonstrates His love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Share His love this season! Invite someone to our Christmas Candlelight service on December 24 at 5 pm. Reach out to the person who is alone this season and invite them into your home for your holiday celebration.

Thank you to all who shared in making the presentation of “Celebrate the King” a success! It took countless people to make such an event possible: choir, orchestra, sound, media, office staff, ministry staff, volunteers, nursery, ushers, greeters, custodial and more! God bless you all!

Keith

Keith Pate About Keith Pate

Keith is originally from Castleberry, AL in Conecuh County. He joined Eastern Hills as Minister of Music in January of 2005 from Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, FL.