Merry Christmas 2014

Greetings in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.  Here we are in December once again, and Christmas is knocking on our door.  What a fabulous time of year celebrating the birth of Jesus!  The sights and sounds around us are so cheerful and joyous that everyone seems to have an expectancy.

Christmas is also a very emotional time for many of us as we remember loved ones who have gone on to heaven.  We remember the joy they brought, their smiles, their laughter, their wisdom, and their love . . . however, I remind you that heaven is a real place, and it is full of our loved ones who have gone on before us.

Therefore, we sorrow not, as others sorrow, but we rejoice because we know we will see them all again!  As Christians, we have hope in what Jesus Christ did on the cross.  He blew a hole through death so we would no longer be bound by it.  When we leave this body, we go straight into the presence of the Lord.  HALLELUJAH!  Death has no more sting!  We are given life eternal because of the sacrifice made on the cross.

Remember when Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray?  He said, “Father, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”  It is not the Father’s will in heaven that we here on earth sorrow in times of godly celebrations, such as Christmas.  As we celebrate here on earth, there is also great celebration in the heavens.  Consider this account of celebration from the book of Revelation when Jesus is found worthy to take the book and open the seals that start the Tribulation Period:

Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. 

(Revelation 5:12-13).

This shout of praise rings throughout the heavens and the earth for all to hear.  There is no sorrow in heaven, only jubilant celebration because they are in the very presence of our Lord Jesus.  Even though we may not be able to see Jesus, we can enter into His presence and join the continual praise and worship that goes on in heaven—especially during this time when we celebrate His life.As for us, while we are celebrating the first coming of Jesus, we should be looking forward to His second coming when we return to the earth with Him.  Before that event is the great and glorious appearing of Jesus in the clouds that we look forward to—the Rapture.  This will be the end of the Church Age, and it is near!

That in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.
(Ephesians 1:10).

 

What a glorious day when we are caught up together with Him in the air, or when we leave this body and go into His presence.  So remember, when a loved one has gone on before us, we are only separated from them for a short time, just as the Father was from Jesus when He sent His Son to earth to save us and give us abundant life.  It is never fun to be apart from the ones you love; however, as members of the Body of Christ, we are truly never apart.

No matter what you are facing this Christmas Season, know that God is with you.  He has sent His Word and the Holy Spirit to comfort and deliver you from every situation.  I declared you to be an overcomer who is blessed and highly favored!

As always, Michelle and I appreciate your prayers and support.  They have meant so much to us throughout 2014.  I know there are many ministries out there that you can partner with, and we considered it a great honor that you would partner with us.  We wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas, and may God’s love and peace surround you all during this time of celebration!

Remember, Jesus is coming, again, soon!

Your brother in Christ

Rev. Dwayne Byerly

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