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Where is your Christmas to be found?

December 22, 2021
By Rev. Robert R. Armao
Christmas 2021

HAS SOMEONE STOLEN YOUR CHRISTMAS?


And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

Without a doubt, Christmas is to be a time of GREAT JOY. On that first Christmas night, the angel announced to the shepherds “good news of a great joy.” The Savior has come!! WOW!! Those shepherds were so excited. That announcement changed their lives forever. They were filled with joy and wonder and praise.

At Christmastime, are you filled with joy and wonder and praise? Or has the devil — the original Grinch, the thief who comes only to steal and kill and destroy — stolen those things from you? If so, there is still time to get it back!

Think about the angel’s announcement, “There has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” What does that really mean for you and me? 

  1. The Savior has come to save you from a dark past. So many people are suffering with intense guilt over bad things they may have done in the past. The devil beats them to death with shame and guilt. But be beaten no longer! All the terrible, horrible things you might have done are no match for the Savior’s blood that He shed for you on the cross. The moment you confess those sins to God and repent of them, you are forgiven!! Remember what the Savior said to Peter, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.” (Acts 10:15)
     
  2. The Savior has come to save you from an empty present. Many people are surviving and not really living. Jesus came at Christmas not to fill your empty stocking, but to fill your empty life! He has a purpose and a plan for you. Come to Him. Surrender to Him. Let Him lead you. He wants to bring you joy and peace, regardless of your circumstances. He wants to use your life to make a difference in others, a difference that will last for all eternity. It makes life worth living to know that every day is an exciting adventure with the Lord, an opportunity to touch another person with the love and joy of Jesus.
     
  3. The Savior has come to save you from a hopeless future. Everyone without God is without hope. No one comes to the Father without the Savior, Jesus Christ. But now He has come, and we can really know Him personally, and we can be assured of His presence and provision while we live … and His heaven when we die. Paul said, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Cor. 2:9) WOW! What a future is in store for the children of God!

At Lutheran High School we too are bombarded by the outside noise that can come subtly or banging at our door, we are not immune. Yet, the community of faith, to be found not only at 5555 South Arlington Avenue, but through our alumni and friends brings us great joy. 

It may be an early reflection on what has already occurred within our midst at the high school — way too many blessings to count here, and too many that I don’t want to leave any of our SAINTS out of this conversation — but please realize that we humbly acknowledge all of His gifts to us. We are so grateful to call LHS home to all of His SAINTS from the past, present, and future. We anxiously look forward to turning the page and entering into 2022 following His Divine leadership.

Personally, I look upon every opportunity, including Christmas, to quietly reminisce, and I am already thankful for what I’ve seen during the first half of the school year. Hold on SAINTS, there is so much more to come. If you need to come see what I’m talking about, spend even a short amount of time with us, and you’ll be able to embolden your senses with the blessings we see on a daily basis.

My friend, do not let the devil steal from you and your Christmastime any longer! The Savior has come, and He has come for you! Receive the good news and rejoice in the truth! 

As the SAINTS rejoice this Christmas, it is my prayer that the Holy Spirit would continue to bring the entire world to knowing the saving work of Christ crucified and risen for all of His SAINTS.

God bless your Christmas,

Rev. Robert W. Armao
Campus Pastor

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