As we gather for Christmas Eve to reflect on our Savior’s birth, we’ve planned and prepared a program that seeks to highlight the supremacy of God as displayed in Messiah’s arrival. Though Satan has from the beginning tried to foil the redemptive plan of God, he has failed. One such story is found in the book of Esther. In this unique narrative leading to our Savior’s birth, God’s name isn’t even mentioned. In some ways, He appears to be absent, but He isn’t. The unseen King was there and He was aware and there in the Shadows, HE REIGNED. He still Reigns, my friends and this is glorious news!
“Come and see what God has done…For unto us a child is born…behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world…He shall reign forevermore…so let us Crown Him with MANY Crowns”
Narrative story performed by: Andy Gorman and Catherine Rogers
Script author: Pastor Dustin Rogers
Do Christians struggle to celebrate spiritual wins? Have we earned the name the “frozen chosen”? Esther 9 shows us to not only celebrate birthdays, graduations and other life moments but to find joy to celebrate our spiritual successes.
Life is full of events in our past that we use to learn from and that we can celebrate. It’s important to celebrate. Not just because it’s fun but because it’s important to celebrate for otherwise we forget. This is one of the driving lessons of Esther 9.
The book of Esther has reminded us life can at times seem bleak and hopeless and yet God doesn’t fail or fall down on his promises. Esther 8 and 9 calls back to Esther 3 to show us how God ultimately wins. Every time.
As the climax of Esther’s story happens, Haman is about to receive justice for his plan to annihilate the Jewish nation. But pay special attention to the real story. Not about a man who ultimately was found out for who he was, but for how God time and again provides dramatic reversals for how we think the future will unfold.