Is there any more delightful moment than when two people enjoying a lovely candlelit dinner lift their glasses and bring them together in a “clink?” Believe it or not, there are some Bible verses that sound as if we are toasting God. In Revelation 1:5, John writes, “To Him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood.” You might want to try saying that at a dinner some time: “To Him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood.” Cheers! It is said that people will clink their glasses when they toast because the actual sound completes the moment. Every one of our senses is engaged at a dinner party. We smell the wonderful aroma of the food. Our eyes enjoy the presentation. We feel warmth from the candles and the food on your plate. And of course, the delicious flavors dance on our tongues. Only one sensory experience is missing, . . . until you hear that “clink” and the moment is complete.
Throughout the season of Advent and on Christmas Eve, we are going to look at each of the five senses as a way of experiencing God. On Sunday, we will talk about the sense of taste, — which is appropriate as we enter the holiday season of guilt-free gourmandizing. We will gather to worship one who was accused by his enemies of being a glutton and a wine-bibber. One who created storms of controversy because he ate with low friends in low places, and who left as his memorial a meal and a table. Our Lord Jesus loved dinner parties, and at Chestnut Level, we want to carry on that tradition.
The Christmas season is alive with the beautiful sounds of music and bells, delicious tastes, of cookies and cakes, delightful aromas of baking and the cool, clean scents of evergreen, the loving touch of family hugs and holiday reunions, and the brilliant sights of brightly colored lights. Please join us for worship all through the month of December as Pastor John preaches his sermon series, "Christmas in Every Sense."
Quote of the Week
“If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: “God with us.” We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!” John MacArthur
John Fullerton MacArthur Jr. is an American pastor and author known for his internationally syndicated Christian teaching radio program Grace to You.