The Biggest News of All…
Charles Swindoll describes some of the details and events of the year 1809 like this, on the international scene things were tumultuous. Napoleon was sweeping through Austria; blood was flowing freely. Nobody then cared about babies. But the world was overlooking some terribly significant births.
For example, William Gladstone was born that year. He was destined to become one of England's finest statesman. That same year, Alfred Tennyson was born to an obscure minister and his wife. The child would one day greatly affect the literary world in a marked manner. On the American continent, Oliver Wendell Holmes was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. And not far away in Boston, Edgar Allan Poe began his eventful, albeit tragic, life. It was also in that same year that a physician named Darwin and his wife named their child Charles Robert. And that same year produced the cries of a newborn infant in a rugged log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky. The baby's name? Abraham Lincoln.
If there had been news broadcasts at that time, I'm certain these words would have been heard: "The destiny of the world is being shaped on an Austrian battlefield today." But history was actually being shaped in the cradles of England and America. Similarly, everyone thought taxation was the big news--when Jesus was born. But a young Jewish woman cradled the biggest news of all: the birth of the Savior.
As someone once said, If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer; But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior…And that is still the biggest news of all.
And it is also why men and women, boys and girls, rich and poor, have been gathering for over 2000 years to celebrate Christ and Christmas. I rejoice in today and tomorrow because He left the throne, He came to us when we could not get to Him and He restored our hope and eternity.
ALL In for you… today I will conclude our ALL In series with an appropriate and fitting message on one more person who was ALL In for God and thus ALL In for you.
This Week’s Schedule… remember there will be no regular Wednesday evening events this week. We will have our regular Sunday morning schedule on New Year’s Eve, but will not return that evening… enjoy the time with your family.
Our Annual Christmas Eve Service… is today at 4:00 PM. It’s one of our favorite annual family and friend’s gatherings. Invite your family, your neighbors, and anyone you meet that doesn’t have a place to celebrate our Savior’s birth. The service will last an hour, from 4-5PM, will feature special music, scripture, and the Lord’s Supper.
I look forward to seeing you this afternoon, and remember,