December 23, 2021 Jonas Cortes

GRACIAS!

GRACIAS!

Kharis – Grace, graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude).


Last Sunday we talked about the grace of God being manifested in the Old Testament through answered prayers, favor in the eyes of authorities, supernatural healings, wisdom in the midst of difficulty, divine gifting for administration and acts of kindness from one person to another.


In the New Testament the ultimate demonstration of grace is the salvation given to us as undeserving sinners through the ministry, dead and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We have been granted forgiveness of sins as well as a brand new life that extends into eternity. That is one awesome gift indeed!!!


In light of that, what would be the most appropriate response from us? A thankful attitude of course! As a professional Mexican :) I can tell you that the English word "grace" in Spanish is "Gracias" which translates back to English as both "grace" and "thank you". This is not a coincidence as the two derive from the Greek "Kharis", so Grace and Gratitude go hand in hand.


As we prepare to celebrate that Jesus Christ came to earth and showed us grace by giving His life for our salvation without us being deserving of it, let us give back a heart filled with thankfulness. There is a lot to be thankful for: His mercies that are new every morning, His salvation, His protection, His provision, His faithfulness, His promises and much, much more.


I'm personally thankful for the opportunity to spend time with my sister Lisset, my brother-in-law George and my beautiful nieces and see the grace of God being extended through their ministry in other parts of the world.


What are you thankful for this Christmas season?


Join us next Sunday for a special time of reflection and rejoicing together as we look back at how we have seen God's faithfulness in 2021. Come ready to share a story of thanksgiving of where you saw God working in your life in 2021.


We will meet in the Foyer for worship at 5 PM for a time of worship and sharing. After the time of worship and sharing we will pull out some tables and JESSY will share a delicious Indian Meal with all of us.