Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Gift of Christmas

"It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
'What if Christmas,' he thought, 'doesn't come from a store?'
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?"

Dr. Seuss said it well: Christmas is more than what we buy at a store.

This is the day in which church leaders in millennia past have chosen to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. It need not matter that He was not actually born on December 25, 4 BC. The fact that Jesus was born is what is significant. The angels proclaimed to the shepherds, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).” The fact that a Savior, sent by God, for all of mankind, came from heaven to earth is significant.

The Apostle Paul writes that, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23).” Further he writes, “The wages of sin is death.” Each one of us earns death as a result of our sin. This death is eternal separation from God and everlasting torment by fire. After hell is the judgment, and then follows confinement in a place called, “The Lake of Fire,” which is the second death (Rev. 21:8; 20:14). You do not want to go there. Nor does God want you to go there.

This is why God sent a Savior. Jesus lived a sinless life and was born without any sin (Heb. 4:15; II Cor. 5:21). He took the sins of the whole world in His own body on the cross and endured the wrath of God against Himself for those sins (I Pet. 2:24; I John 2:2; Mark 15:34).

The Apostle Paul writes that, “The gift of God is eternal lift through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 3:23). John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world (John 1:29).” God paid, through Jesus, the right to forgive you of your sins and give you eternal life. To receive this gift you must believe on Jesus and repent of your sins.

Receive God’s free gift this Christmas, His Son . . . A sample prayer is, “Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me of my sin and come into my heart.”

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