Scripture has told us many times of God’s love for us and of God’s gift of his Son to save us. What is your response to God? 

Zacarias: doubted when he was told he and Elizabeth at their old age will have a son (John the Baptist). LUKE 1:5-13

Elizabeth: Worshiped the Lord when Mary greeted her upon entering the house. Luke 1:39-45

Mary: surrendered to the word of the angel. “Let it be according to your word.” Luke 1:28-38

Joseph: acted according to the word of God. Matthew 1:19-25

Shepherds: moved in HASTE, didn’t think twice. Luke 2:8-18

King Herod: was threatened by another king taking his place (He will interfere with my plans). Matthew 21-5.

The Wise Men: came looking with a High COST. Travel, expanse, danger, all to respond to a STAR.  Matthew 2:1-13

Simeon: a man who waited for the promise God had given him that he sees the Lord’s Christ before he dies. Luke 2:32 

What is your response this Christmas? Grumbling? Depression? Negativity?

Today in the city of David a Savior is born who will save His people. His Name is Emanuel (GOD WITH US)!

Restore to me the joy of my salvation, God.

Bill Badal

Bill Badal

Bill Badal is Pastor Emeritus at First Baptist. He was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to the United States as a teenager.