Pastor's Perspective

The month of December is a month of great significance, as it marks the end of the calendar year and is also the month in which we celebrate the single, signal moment in the life of the Christian faith, the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 
Max Lucado puts it like this, "Sunsets steal our breath.  Caribbean blue stills our hearts.  Newborn babies stir our tears.  Lifelong love bejewels our lives.  But take all these away; strip away the sunsets, oceans, cooing babies, and tender hearts, and leave us in the Sahara, and we still have reason to dance in the sand.  Why? God is with us." There is not a more sweet and secure assurance than the fact that the Lord is truly with us, and not only for the salvation of our souls, but also for the soothing of our spirits.
Matthew 1:22, 23 declares, “So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us.”  Matthew points us to the prophecy of Isaiah 7: 14 to confirm that the things that had been foretold, were now being fulfilled. 
The setting of Isaiah’s prophecy is very simple.  King Ahaz was terrified that the kingdom of Judah might be destroyed by Syria and Israel.  Ahaz is sitting down in the bottom of the southern kingdom and he’s worried that they may come down and wipe out the kingly line.  So, God comes along and says, “Let me give you a promise.  Nothing’s going to happen to the kingly line.  Nothing is going to take away the kingly line.  Here’s a sign.  A virgin shall be with child and that child will be Immanuel, God with us.”  He says, “You look down the corridors of history and there will be a virgin born child and he will guarantee you that David’s line will never be broken.”
And Jesus came into the world as the fulfillment of that prophecy given by Isaiah to Ahaz, to show that God will keep His promise and the throne of David will never be broken.  But, He also affirms the fact that God would be with them; for us, it means that God is with us in the flesh through Jesus Christ.  John 1: 14 declares, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten Father, full of grace and truth.”  Make no mistake about it, God is with us in the person of Jesus Christ, and not just today, but for all eternity. We have much to celebrate in this and every season.  We have a Savior!  I look forward to you celebrating with us in all of our services this month at NMCBC, where we're "Building Relationships One Day At A Time." 
Your Pastor,
Rev. Christopher C. Moore