Have you ever had a really important message you needed to share with somebody? It may have been exciting news that a long held hope has been fulfilled- you finally made the team, got the job, passed the test, or convinced the woman of your dreams to say “yes”. Conversely- perhaps it was a message that you needed urgent help with something. There’s been a last-minute change of plans and you’re in a panic to find someone to fill a spot. You’ve received devastating news yourself and you need a familiar voice to comfort you? Or, maybe you needed to warn someone urgently of an impending catastrophe if they don’t take action…
In these moments, when we have an urgent message to share, we will trip over ourselves to get in touch. We will make phone calls, send text messages, emails, facebook messages… if the message is important enough, we will do whatever it takes to get the message across. It is impossible to be passionate about these messages and not share them with others.
Can you relate? I hope you can. It seems that human tendency is to start off life with great enthusiasm and curiosity. Everything is an exciting adventure. Last month we took our first flight as a family since Samuel was born. He is now four years old. I wish I could capture the look on his face as our plane picked up speed and lifted in the air. He was beyond excited. He had seen planes in the air many times, but this was his first time in one. He couldn’t control his joy- he was laughing, giggling, even shouting- he was incredulous at what he perceived to be a miracle. He was now flying. And he let everyone around him know. It was a joy to watch and a moment to remember. I wish we never lost the wonder of life’s joys. Especially those of the Christmas message.
This Sunday we will be looking at the message of the Messiah, as told through the prophet Isaiah. This is the same passage that John the Baptist uses to describe himself in John chapter 1. It is the message of what Christmas is all about, and our response to Christmas. It is the most urgent message ever- one that changed the world and has the capacity to change the life of any hearer for all eternity. My hope and prayer is that we never lose the wonder and joy of its message.
Join us this Sunday as we explore Isaiah 40:1-5, and Luke 3:1-6, and an amazing message worth proclaiming.
Have a great weekend and I can’t wait to see you again soon.
-Pastor Nathan Rice