LETTER FROM THE INTERIM NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
Greetings in the name of our wonderful Lord Jesus!
“O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”
All Saints’ Day has barely passed, but Christmas decorations, music, and advertisements fill the air. Now the Christmas celebration begins.
While those apart from Christ celebrate Christmas in a thoroughly secular, commercial manner, the church of Jesus Christ truly may and must celebrate the entry of the eternal Son of God into our world. Without abandoning any part of His being, the Son of God “became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
Coming in utter humility, Jesus was noticed by only a few, relegated to a stable for a birthing place. Yet godly shepherds lauded Him even as angels spoke His glory.
Prior to Jesus’ birth, Gabriel exclaimed to Mary, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you! …Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God” (Luke 1:28–30, ESV).
With Mary, we who have faith in Jesus Christ have been highly graced, highly favored.
Consider the magnitude of God’s grace. Revel in it. Rejoice in Christ, our Redeemer. Adore Him, Christ the Lord!
The staff of Regular Baptist Ministries, the GARBC Council 18, and I share our sincerest Christmas greetings to GARBC churches and their pastors and wives—to all who participate in ministry with us. May God give you each a wonderful time of worshiping Christ and sharing the gospel this Christmas season.
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9, ESV).
In His Grace,
David E. Strope, D.D.
Interim National Representative