What a Performance!
By Pastor Domenico Danesi
The Christmas season is here and with it comes the need to remember the greatest performance known to mankind. A performance is defined as the event which verifies the promise. The supernatural birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is indeed that event which verified the promise of God made in the Old Testament of a Savior to come.
In the athletic arena performances are remembered for decades - a basketball player who scores a lot of points in a single game; a football player who scores 5 or 6 touchdowns in a single game; a runner who runs the mile near 4-minutes. In the performing arts a concert, solo, or recital of some type may be labeled as “the greatest”. Surely we remember great moments in history, such as July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and November 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down. Who can forget the words of President Ronald Reagan? “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!”
In Luke 1:35 we have some of the most famous words spoken by the Angel Gabriel to Mary: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” This performance was going to be one for the ages! The Holy Ghost and The Highest (the Father) were going to work as a team and supernaturally put the seed of baby Jesus (the Son) inside the womb of the Virgin Mary. There is not an orchestra, athlete, soloist out there that can come anywhere near competing with this miraculous performance!
After this news arrives to Mary, she travels to see her cousin Elizabeth, who also in the midst of quite a performance. She is carrying John the Baptist in her womb. The difference in these performances was that Mary believed the impossible without questioning it. Zacharias (the husband of Elizabeth and father of John the Baptist) did not. Zacharias’s consequence would be not having the ability to speak until “these things shall be performed” (Luke 1:20). We must learn from Zacharias and believe that our God can perform miracles. We must remember that nothing is impossible for God (Luke 1:37). Any time He performs it is exceedingly beyond anything we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Our God said, “’Let there be light’; and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3) Our God healed the blind, maimed, deaf, and set the captives free. Our God reigns!
Remind your children this Christmas about this performance. We are praying for your children, we are praying for your family. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Christmas Series 2016
Christmas is a very exciting time for children. Presents, candy canes, stockings, Christmas trees, and so much more flood their minds this time of year. As parents, let’s make sure we remind our children that at this time of year the most important celebration of all is that of our Savior Jesus Christ. Below is the 4-week Christmas Series we are doing in Children’s Church to remind the children of the beauty and majesty of our Lord. Please take 5-10 minutes each week and discuss each lesson with your children. We are praying for you. Merry Christmas!
Mr. D. – Children’s Pastor
November 27 The Prophecy - Luke 1:26-38
December 4 The Prophet - Luke 1:39-45
December 11 The Song - Luke 1:46-56
December 18 The Savior - Luke 2:1-20