We continued "The Christmas Series" at axis last night. I figured if one of the greatest Christmas songs of all time can simply be called "The Christmas Song" we could get away with calling our Christmas series "The Christmas Series."
This month we're taking a look at various things that surround the Christmas season and the Christmas story. Last week we look at family. This week we look at the PASSION behind Christmas. I shared the thought that Christmas is all about God doing everything He could possibly do to right a relationship that was broken. I spent time talking about creation and how God created everything simply to let us see how awesome He really is. I shared about the creation of Adam and Eve and the "perfect, never been better, everything is the way it's supposed to be" type of relationship that God had with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. But, when offered the choice to break the rules ... Adam and Eve chose to break the rules, sin entered the world, and everything changed.
I also shared a thought from an interview that I heard with Andy Stanley where he talked about his children disobeying. His reaction when his kids would disobey was "Oh, no! Oh, no. Now you have to face a consequence." The thought was that he does not like disciplining his children but when they disobey they need to face a consequence. I think it was the same thing when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden. God's reaction wasn't "Now I'm gonna get ya!" God's reaction was more like "Oh, no! Don't you see what you've done. Now you're going to have to face the consequences for your choice. Everything will be different now."
I wrapped things up with the idea that ever since that relationship has been broken between us and God, God has never stopped pursuing us and NEVER will stop pursuing us. Romans 5:8 says "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." It's the idea that God took the first step toward us ... even when we didn't deserve it. If any relationship is broken, for healing to take place in that relationship, someone needs to make the first move. God made the first move. He sent Jesus to us to restore the broken relationship.
I challenged our kids to spend time thinking of how God has stepped toward them and what steps do they need to take toward God this time of year.