Aaron Pennington – Queen Creek Campus Pastor
Do you remember the first time you came up to the edge of the Grand Canyon, and peaked over the side to discover the beauty and wonder of such an amazing creation? I have been to see the Canyon a few times now, and although it still amazes me, nothing compares to the first time I saw it. Now, think for second about the people who work up there and even some who live by the Canyon. My guess is some of them walk by one of the 7 natural wonders of the world and don’t even think twice about its beauty. Is it possible we do this with Jesus? Walk with me for a second.
For the sake of a current and relevant example, let us use Christmas. We have all been down this path so many times, for so many years, that our sense of wonder and amazement has dissipated, and possibly no longer exists. Your reaction to that might be, “but I love Christmas, and this time of year.” I am right there with you, who doesn’t love the fact that Starbucks serves the most delicious little treat in a cup known as a gingerbread latte… I digress. All I am saying is, we have seen and experienced Christmas so many times that it is very possible for us to walk right by Jesus as if He was just a part of the routine. This Christmas, let me encourage us to step up to the manger scene, peek over the edge, and once again be amazed by something that should never lose its sense of wonder and amazement in our lives. Merry Christmas!
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2: 10-12