What a year it has been.
2020 may be drawing to an end. But we are still far from the end of the present crisis. I don’t know what new normals the new year will present. All I know is that we can expect more adjustments and adaptations ahead.
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel”, which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23
Although Christmas may be celebrated a little differently this year, the truth of Christmas remains the same. Jesus is still Immanuel. God is still with us. My prayer for you and yours is that you will experience this truth in the person of Jesus Christ even more powerfully and personally in and through these uncertain times.
The message of Christmas remains the same too. More than just a word of comfort, it is an offer of salvation.
“And she shall bring forth a Son and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
The salvation we need is not from an external crisis of Covid-19 but an internal condition of sin. Theories may abound as to the origin of this dreaded virus. The truth is that the virus is a consequence of sin and sinful humanity. Even if one does not die from the virus, without Jesus, one will still die in his or her sins and forever be separated from God. For this reason, God sends His Son to save mankind from sin, and be reconciled to Him. All that is required is faith in Jesus Christ.
Perhaps, it is good that Christmas is not as festive this year. It allows time and space for reflection and response. If you are not a believer yet, would you accept the Christmas gift of salvation through Jesus? If you are already a Christian, with church and Christian activities drastically disrupted, ponder the true essentials of the Christ life.
From our family to yours, here’s wishing you a very, blessed Christmas. And may the new year present you with new opportunities to live for Jesus and His kingdom.
Henson & Serene
with David, Sarah, Aaron, Esther, Ruth, Deborah Hope & Anna Joy