The story of Jesus’ birth is told by prophets from days past. “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.” This same story is retold by children in Lutheran schools through song and recitation. Youth and Sunday school lessons through the month of December focus on the greatest gift ever received—salvation by grace through faith in Jesus. The story of Jesus’ birth is read in liturgical readings and sung in worship during Advent, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services by all.
Jesus’ birth and life is taught and celebrated by Christians today. This celebration of God’s incarnation even extends beyond the month of December. For that Gospel message is taught and lived by Christians young and old every day. Jesus’ birth and life is reaffirmed in Holy Communion, in God’s Word, and rooted in our baptisms. For the Holy Spirit works through these two Sacraments and God’s Word, not only to strengthen our faith, but also to keep us in this true faith as we live out our vocations.
What a marvelous time to give thanks and praise to God for His great love and mercy — Jesus Christ; His One and only Son, sent to reclaim His people.
Because of God’s tremendous gift of love for you and me, we shall experience God’s love in our eternal glory with Him.
Merry Christmas and God’s richest blessings to all of you as you and your families continue to serve our Lord and Savior.