Today I celebrate a most amazing and awesome Event … the Event of all events … the Creator of the universe made himself nothing and took the form of human flesh, a baby, a humble servant, a sacrifice for our sins, so that you and I may not perish but have eternal and abundant life.

I’m not celebrating Jesus’ birthday today (He was probably born in the spring of the year). I am celebrating the arrival of God coming into our world — Immanuel — God with us. I’m worshiping the Messiah who came as a baby to be our King. It’s not about Santa or sentimentality, worshiping Christmases past, but living in the present reality that Jesus Christ is my Savior and at the heart of my life. He’s more than the reason for the season. He is the way — God’s way and the way to God. No one can come to the Father except through this One Way.

When God sent his only son into the world, Satan cringed. Sending Jesus as a baby was a part of God’s battle plan to win back the world he loves so much.

When God sent Jesus he made a statement: “I am for you.” And if he is for us, who can be against us? Nothing–absolutely nothing–can separate us from the love of Jesus. And so “I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—-nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—-absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us” (Romans 8:38-39, The Message).

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Michael Mack has been involved in small group ministry as a pastor, writer, trainer, and speaker for more than 25 years. He founded SmallGroups.com in 1995 and started Small Group Leadership in 2012. He became the 12th editor of Christian Standard magazine in 2017 and continues to speak in churches about small groups, discipleship, and leadership. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. They have four young adult children. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of friends. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

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