We had a great time Christmas Caroling last weekend! The weather cooperated for the most part, and a thankful listener gave us a basketful of cookies. A big THANK YOU to all who participated.
TODAY, the children of our school present their annual Christmas service. This year’s theme is centered on the story behind the Twelve Days of Christmas. The service starts at 7:00 p.m. All are invited.
Other Christmas services:
Christmas Eve, 12/24, 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Day, 12/25, 10:00 a.m.
New Year’s Eve, 12/31, 7:00 p.m.
Life Line Screening will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screening in our FLC this Monday. To register for this event and to receive a $10 discount, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners. This includes five total scans: four vascular tests relating to blocked arteries, abdominal aortic aneurysms, hardening of the arteries in the legs, and atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat; and one osteoporosis screening for bone density. Cost: $149. Allow 60-90 minutes to complete.
Finally, we congratulate our Principal, Randy Cochran, on earning his Master’s Degree through Wisconsin Lutheran College. Graduation was yesterday. Lord willing, his flight will arrive in plenty of time for the service tonight.
Those are the highlights. Now, here is today’s devotion:
A Savior – Born To Rule
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king.
A thousand years before the birth of Jesus, God promised David: "I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth" (2 Samuel 7:9). God uplifted David to the position of king over his nation of people. He was with David and gave the people victory over their enemies and blessed them with great prosperity.
Yet God's promise went beyond the temporal. God promised David an offspring and said of him: "I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever" (2 Samuel 7:13). While David's kingdom lasted a few decades, the kingdom of his offspring, the One who would leave his throne in heaven above to be born of a virgin below, would continue forever.
Jesus Christ is the king whom God established to rule over all people. We might tend to think political leaders rule our world today. But make no mistake about it: Christ rules the universe. God the Father has "placed all things under his feet" (Ephesians 1:22).
That's comforting, isn't it? We live in an age when it appears that at times evil might win the day. It won't. It can't. Our crucified and risen Savior reigns victoriously. There's no reason for us to cower in fear. Christ controls everything that happens on earth for the benefit of his believers.
Christ's kingly rule permeates even further than the matters of the world. He rules deep in the hearts of all who, in faith, claim him as Lord and Savior. Christ's rule on earth will come to an end when he brings the world to its close, but he will continue to rule in the lives of his faithful people whom he gathers to be with him in the eternal kingdom of heaven.
We are right in saying that he is our King – and blessed forever!
O Savior, Child of Mary, who felt our human woes,
O Savior, King of glory, who conquered all our foes,
Bring us at last, we pray, to the bright courts of heaven
And to the endless day. Amen.
(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal – 47)