This year marks the first time in my life that I will be away from my biological family for Christmas. Writing these words should make me feel sad. I have been given the greatest blessing in the world — a family who is surrendered to Jesus Christ and dedicated to making his name famous.
In one sense I will be away from my family, but in another very real sense I am with my family. You see, my Christmas table this year will be full of my brothers and sisters in Christ. One of these brothers converted to Christianity from Islam and was kicked out of his home and almost killed by his family.
A few of these brothers converted from Hinduism and through their conversion have brought countless other friends and family members to Christ.
One of the sisters I will celebrate with has experienced the death of her two brothers and her father in the last four years.
We will celebrate together the birth of Jesus, the great light of the world and the Savior of our hearts. We will celebrate how this baby born, Jesus, came into the darkness and sin of both our world and our individual lives and rescued us and brought us to freedom in him.
If you do not know this Jesus, it is my prayer and the prayer of those around my Christmas table that you would know him.
Whether you believe it or not, he loves you beyond anything you could ever imagine. He loves you at this moment right now, as you are. If you want to know more about this Jesus, I would encourage you to read the book of John and simply ask Jesus to reveal himself to you.
I promise you that your life will never be the same. From my Christmas table to yours, “Arise, Shine! The light of the world, Jesus Christ, has come.” — Stephen Johansson, Elk River