Bible Baptist Church
St. Charles Missouri
He came special delivery, wrapped up in love!
My wife, Paula, is an amazing ‘wrapper’! I don’t mean ‘rapper’ – as in performing a musical style; I mean ‘wrapper’ as in gift wrapping! I, on the other hand, am not very good at wrapping presents. Therefore I appreciate the skill that goes into presenting a beautiful package.
During this season you will be handed gifts to unwrap. There will be mountains of wrapping paper and if you are not careful you could lose a gift receipt, instruction book, or even part of a gift when you discard the wrap.
The most amazing Christmas gift ever given (in fact the first Christmas gift ever given) came in a very plain wrap. "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:7) I would like for you to consider before you discard the wrapping of swaddling clothes that they contain some very important instructions about our Savior!
There was never a gift wrapped so carefully or lovingly, and as we pause to consider we will realize that he was also wrapped meaningfully!
He was wrapped in Grave Clothes…
‘Swaddling’ was a common practice in ancient times and has been revived in recent years as infants are bound in receiving blankets by nurses in hospital nurseries. The security of the tight wrap kept the baby warm, and mothers believed in ancient time that it promoted straight limbs. However, Mary did not use a receiving blanket – her swaddling clothes were strips of cloth, wound around Jesus just as a person would prepare a body for burial. The image could hardly be any plainer! He was born to die! Of course everyone born into this world will die, but only Jesus came into our world with the purpose of becoming our sacrifice!
He was wrapped in grave clothes So that you and I might wear Grace Clothes!
Many of you will receive some new clothes this year as a gift. (Some will fit and be stylish; others you will open, smile, and say “You really shouldn’t have!”) With God’s gift of redemption comes a new wardrobe! Paul encouraged the Colossian believers to put off the old man (the person we were before we received Christ) and put on the ‘new man’ …which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. Colossians 3:10
The amazing story of Christmas is that He laid aside His royal robes so that we could be clothed in His righteousness. He who was rich, became poor so that we might be made rich (2 Corinthians 8:9)
It is my sincere prayer that you do not lose the Gift in all of the wrapping and tinsel of the season! Determine to take some intentional time to focus on the ‘reason for the season’! Join us for some meaningful times of reflection during the holidays.
We are finishing up our message series on the qualities of life that God blesses during the first two Sundays, and then we will have some wonderful services dedicated totally to the Christmas message. On December 17th in the morning service the choir will present a multi-media musical called ‘Little Town of Bethlehem’! That evening we will gather for our Church Christmas party and a time to ‘Jungle and Mingle’; please join us for the fun, the food, and reflection on the true meaning of the season!
On Christmas Eve we will have our Candle Light Service at 5:00 P.M.! This is a 45 minute service and sets the right tone for our Christmas celebration. Why not plan to start your holiday observance in the house of God?
There are other regular services throughout the month. You can find an up-to-date list on our calendar page, or you can call the church office for more information.
We looking forward to seeing you this holiday season at Bible Baptist!
Wishing You a Joyous and Christ Filled Holiday Season,
Pastor Steve Parks