I’m so glad you are here this morning! Perhaps it has been a while since you have been in church. We are delighted you came to West Haven!

Merry Christmas to you! Yes, it is a Merry Christmas! It’s a sin-soaked world but Jesus was born into a sin-soaked world. And He came to save us from this sin-soaked world!

That brings to mind the words of a wonderful Christmas hymn of old. It reminds us that Jesus came to save us from the curse of sin.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,

   Nor thorns infest the ground;

   He comes to make His blessings flow

   Far as the curse is found,

   Far as the curse is found,

   Far as, far as, the curse is found.

This morning I’ll preach from Matthew 1 as we look at the genealogy of Jesus. It repeatedly points us to the grace brought to us by the birth of Jesus!

Then join us tonight at 5:30 p.m. for our Christmas Eve service! Bring your family, friends, and little ones! Jennifer Belcher created gift bags for kids with stickers, markers, coloring pages, and a treat to keep them content during the service. I’ll preach a brief sermon from Luke on this topic: “What If Christmas Never Happened?”

If you are new to Christmas, here’s why we celebrate with such great joy. Christmas means God came to earth in human flesh. He grew up as Jesus of Nazareth. He lived a sinless life so He could be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He died on the cross as God poured out His wrath on Him for our sins. Jesus took the punishment for sin we rightly deserve.

Jesus died and was buried. But He rose again on the third day, defeating our enemy of death. If you will repent of your sin, and turn to Him in faith, He will forgive your sins. You will be a new creation in Christ, and you will be with Him forever.

If you are not trusting Him for the forgiveness of sins, I can’t think of a better time than Christmas to “call upon the name of the Lord” and be saved. Scan the QR code in the seat back in front of you. Complete your information and one of our pastors will get back to you as soon as possible!

God bless us, one and all. Merry Christmas!