Pause. Take a breath and read that again: "...the presence of God." Think about it. The creator of the universe was so interested and invested in a personal relationship with us that He sent His only Son, Jesus. Matthew 1:23b says, "and they will call him Immanuel - which means, 'God with us.'"
God made man to desire deep and meaningful relationships. He sent Jesus to satisfy that need. When we pause to listen and learn from Christ, we grow in relationship with Him. We enjoy the very presence of God in our lives. He helps us live, learn, love and care for ourselves and for others. John 1:14 says, "The Word (Jesus) became flesh, and made His dwelling among us.” The God who created us has given us His Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for our sins; sins that keep us from having a meaningful and lasting relationship with God. (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23)
Jesus came to us as a child to draw us to Himself. He came to the earth, shared and gave up His life for us. He wants us to know Him. He invites all of us to come to Him, to learn from Him, to rest in Him.
Are you Tired?
If the rush of Christmas has already besieged you, if you came into the season, already tired, lonely or hurting, Jesus can help. He came down to earth, to make Himself more accessible to you. Jesus is what everyone needs for Christmas.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. - Matthew 11:28, The Message
The very best present is the actual presence of Jesus, living and growing in each of us. Share God’s story with others that they might come to enjoy His presence in their own lives.
Lori Ferguson serves as Children's Director at Navarre UMC, and has been at the church since 2015. When she's not planning or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her grandkids. Read more about Lori here.