One of my favorite parts about this time of year is seeing all the Christmas lights! Whether it is the lights outlining the Embarcadero or trees brightly lit down the streets, I enjoy them all. And they point to the fact that it is the Christmas season. The sermon text this Sunday was Luke 3:1-6, which described the ministry of John the Baptist. His life's purpose was to prepare the Jews for the Messiah by pointing them to Jesus Christ. John did this by proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. This was a baptism not of salvation but of looking forward to the coming of the Savior, and it was a sign of sorrow for sin. John needed to wake up the Jewish nation and help them see their need for a Savior. Do you need a wake-up call? What are the obstacles in the way of your relationship with Jesus Christ right now? Repentance is not just admitting that there are obstacles in your relationship with Christ, but also being willing to do something about them. It is a call to turn away from sin and turn toward God by inviting Jesus Christ into your heart to remove those obstacles. Are you willing to do that right now?
For those of us who have turned to Jesus Christ and have received forgiveness and peace with God, we have a similar calling to John the Baptist's. We too are to help prepare the way of the Lord for those around us. Matthew 5:14,16 says it best: "You are the light of the world...let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
Will you be a light in this Christmas season and point people to Christ?
We would love to have you join us this Sunday for worship. Please plan to also attend our Baptism Service at 1:30 pm!