Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Monday, December 18, 2017
Our Mission: To Re-Present Jesus Christ In Our Community And Beyond
Message for the month for December 2017
 
By Pastor Dennis Felder
 
What would we be doing on December 25th if Christ had not yet come into the world? It is hard for us to comprehend not celebrating Christmas because it has always been part of our lives. We have always prepared for the festive season by trimming the tree with sparkling lights, wrapping presents with colorful paper, and baking delicious goodies to eat during the heartfelt celebration. But what would we be doing for Christmas if Christ was not born?
I deeply pondered this question as I was preparing to celebrate this joyous time of year. If Jesus, the promised Messiah, had not yet come, I would be bound. I would be tied to Old Testament rituals. Instead of decorating a Christmas tree, wrapping presents, or baking treats; I would be preparing a lamb to sacrifice. I would not be experiencing the joy of what it means and feels like, knowing that Christ was born. My day would consist of satisfying the law rather than experiencing liberation.

Freedom was on its way when the angel Gabriel came to Mary and said, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus (Luke 1:30-31).” Soon, after this miraculous announcement, the world would realize that the way life was lived in the past would be changed forever. Today, there is no need to seek a priest for forgiveness, there is no need to sacrifice an animal to cleanse our sin, and there is no need to anticipate the coming of the Christ child. You see, Christmas freed us from a host of obligations and shifted our life to one of celebration.

This historical transformation has enabled me to experience Christmas with true joy and excitement. Therefore, if I ever feel a wave of the Christmas blues creeping into heart and soul, I remind myself what it would be like if Christ had not yet been born. So, be grateful that we now have the opportunity to celebrate not only the cradle, but the cross.
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!