We cringe when we hear about the heir who inherited a fortune and squandered it all, or the person who was entrusted to carry on a famous legacy, only to soil the family name in disgrace. Sometimes people can literally be surrounded by things that others only dream of, yet fail to do anything worthwhile with them. Today we see a young man who grew up in the presence of God’s covenant promises, but he chose to mock it and walk away from it all.
Jesus: The Promise Received
The most amazing thought about Christmas is that the holy, all-powerful God of heaven came down and became one of us in order to show us the way. Christmas can all be summed up in four words: “God is with us.” Those four words forever changed history, and they are the same four words that can change every moment of our lives today. Whatever our circumstances, whatever life may bring, we can find peace and hope and meaning in knowing that God is with us!