November 2014 Dear Friends, I can’t believe we are in the midst of fall so quickly this year. The time change, back to standard time, happened Sunday, (back to early dark evenings). November is always the month when we think of being thankful and Thanksgiving, a unique American Holiday. I remember when Jannette and I […]
An unknown author said, “It’s easy to think Christmas, and it’s easy to believe Christmas, but it is hard to act Christmas.”
In the hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful” the refrain states; “O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.” Webster’s New World College Dictionary says the word “adore” comes from the Latin and means 1.) to worship, as divine and 2.) to love greatly or honor highly.
This year, as every year, in all the activities – parties, shopping, decorating and yes, even in the church activities – cantatas, children’s programs, carol singing and the Christmas messages, do we actually STOP and take the TIME to worship and adore the lovely Lord Jesus Christ for loving us so much that He allowed Himself to be crucified for our sins (Col. 1:20; Eph. 2:12, 13; esp. 2 Cor. 5:21)?
Yes, I realize it is the time of year we remember the Lord Jesus’ Incarnation (Luke 1:11, 35; Matt. 1:23) and His coming in the flesh as a baby (Luke 2:10, 11). In the Christmas story, wise men came and “fell down and worshipped him” (Matt. 2:11). The “him” being the baby Jesus who is God’s only begotten Son (John 3:16).
Indeed, let each of us “come and adore Him” – He is Christ the Lord, who is our personal Savior in salvation (Rom. 10:9, 13).
This Christmas, may each of you who read this letter from an aging pastor (this will be my 73rd Christmas) personally thank the Father for His greatest gift, the salvation that comes through the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Cor. 9:15 states: “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.” The Greek word for “unspeakable” is used only here in the N.T. and means “indescribable.”
My wife and I are very thankful that we are God’s children by means of the new birth (John 1:12). We send to each of you our best wishes for a truly merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.
I close with the words of William R. Featherston:
I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree;
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow,
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
His servants and yours,
Dr. Frederick W. and Marion J.P. Carroll