Merry Christmas from OCA

It’s that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. Among all the things I love about Christmas the music is one of my favorites. I am not the one complaining when local radio stations start playing all Christmas music. I am all about gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, stockings hanging in the living room, and saying “Merry Christmas” to everyone. However, let’s all remember what Christmas is all about.

I am truly blessed. I work at a Christian School, go to a great church, have a Christian family, and Christian friends. Sometimes it is hard to remember to spread the gospel when you are preaching to the choir most of the time.

For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don’t have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons.

MangerChristmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby.

Jesus was born so one day the price could be paid for the things we have done that are wrong. The Bible says that all have sinned. We are all born with a sin nature. We do things that do not please God. Through the sins of Adam and Eve, we have all inherited that sin nature. We need to have that removed. The only way is through Jesus. Jesus came so He could die on the cross for ALL of our sins. If we believe that Jesus died for our sins, we can ask Him to come into our hearts and forgive us.

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” I John 1:9

We can truly be happy at Christmas! No matter what may be happening, we can know that we are His children. Look at Christmas in a new way this year. If you have not done so, this is the year to invite Jesus into your heart. You will then have a “Merry Christmas.” The joy and peace you will receive will last forever as you look to God for all your needs to be met. If you have asked Jesus into your heart please spread the word this Christmas season.

Merry Christmas to all,

Dr. Ray