Here it is...Christmas once again. I have the same feeling that I remember from when I was a kid; great expectation, I just couldn't wait until it got here! Today it's the same feeling, but for a different reason. When I was just a wee lad...if ever I could have been described as wee...my excitement centered around the presents, what I would be getting. I, along with my brothers, would hunt for them, size them up, shake them, and we weren't even above carefully trying to open a corner of the wrapping to see what we might have to look forward to. As I think about it, maybe my attitude hasn't changed that much. My excitement is still centered around what I will be getting, except now I already know. This Christmas I will be getting a Savior, a heavenly baby born in Bethlehem of Judea, who would grow up perfectly obedient and take from me all of my sins and sinfulness. This Christmas I'll be getting a Christ child who will die for the sins of the whole world, carrying the weight of the guilt and punishment on his shoulders, and then rise again to life so that I will be made right with God; justified before his holiness. This Christmas I will once again be getting the assurance that when my life on earth comes to its conclusion I will step through death's doorway into an eternity...a forever...that will be more wonderful than I can ever begin to imagine. This Christmas I look forward to celebrating with all of you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, the astounding and overwhelming love that God has shown to us in sending his Son to our rescue.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009