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Dec 25th, 2020
Christmas According to Cranky Old Men: Herod
By: Chapman Bean
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Matthew 3:1-2 In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, "Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near." (NLT)

IT’S CHRISTMAS! Merry Christmas, Southland family. I hope you are as excited as I am for a special day celebrating Jesus. If you know me, you know I’m living my best life on Christmas day… all the food, enjoying my first Christmas with my incredible wife, opening presents, playing games, drinking my mom’s incredible punch, the smells of Christmas, and on and on the list could go. 

Christmas is the announcement that God sees us. He knows your story. He sees your hurts, habits, and hangups. He knows your deepest fears, insecurities, and doubts. He knows your giftings, passions, and desires. He sees you, and He loves what He sees. 

As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, I pray that we see Him. I hope we look at the world around us and remember that it all points to Jesus. Did you know that the red and white stripes of the candy cane represent the purity of Jesus and the blood He would shed for us on the cross? Did you know the wreath is a symbol of the eternal hope that baby Jesus brought into the world? Did you know the Christmas lights represent the truth that Jesus is the light of the world? Christmas trees are a triangle and a beautiful reminder of the trinity—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The list doesn’t stop here. 

Today is a perfect day to let the love, joy, and hope of Jesus fill your soul. I don’t know your story, but I know this little baby can change your story forever. This little baby offers you and I the greatest gift of all on this wonderful Christmas day—the gift of eternal life with Him in Heaven. On this day, as the old hymn goes, “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.” We can rejoice today because His arms are wide open, welcoming us into His family. 

Pay attention to everything going on today, and try to see Jesus clearly through it all. From our entire Southland family to you, Merry Christmas. We love you!