Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May the peace and love of “the baby born in Bethlehem” be in your heart this season and throughout the year. It is an amazing gift to be able to freely celebrate our faith and to proclaim the birth of our Savior who came to give life and give it abundantly (John 10:10).
Our Christian faith is centered on the belief that our perfectly holy, omnipotent God had a virgin give birth to His only Son who became a carpenter, a healer and a teacher. When Jesus’ life, teachings and followers threatened the religious order of the day, He was rejected, betrayed, humiliated and brutally crucified on a Roman cross in order to pay the penalty for our sins. When He defeated death three days later, He secured salvation for all who willingly confess that He is Lord (Romans 4:25; 10:9-10).
Our culture desperately needs the life found only in Jesus Christ, and our culture will be attracted to Jesus Christ not because He is safe, popular, or relevant or because His followers vote a certain way. They are attracted to Jesus Christ because He is the Truth Incarnate (John 14:6; 18:37), and the truth is attractive to every human being.
Thank you for standing with us as we boldly stand for truth in the public square here in Illinois. We pray this that this Christmas season you and your family will rejoice in how marvelous it is that our Savior came to us from Glory, through a virgin, to a manger. Only our wondrous God could have ordained such a gift! We also pray that your willingness to shine the light before others (Matthew 5:16) will touch the lives of friends, relatives and neighbors during this Christmas season and throughout the new year.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.