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Our Christian Faith
The true meaning of Christmas
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 4:04am

The days at the end of December are the shortest (and therefore the darkest days) of the year. In John 8:12, Jesus Christ said, “... I am the light of the world ...” So at the time of the year when the physical darkness is greatest, God the Father sent His Son to be the light of the world.

The true meaning of Christmas is love. John 3:16-17 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love.

The real Christmas story is the story of God's becoming a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ. Why did God do such a thing? Because He loves us!

Why was Christmas necessary? Because we needed a Savior! Why does God love us so much? Because He is love itself (1 John 4:8).

Why do we celebrate Christmas each year? Out of gratitude for what God did for us, we remember His birth by giving each other gifts, worshipping Him, and being especially conscious of the poor and less fortunate.

The true meaning of Christmas is love. God loved His own and provided a way—the only Way—for us to spend eternity with Him. He gave His only Son to take our punishment for our sins. He paid the price in full, and we are free from condemnation when we accept that free gift of love. "But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

The Lord Jesus Christ came to earth, lived a sinless life and was therefore qualified to pay the penalty for the sins of all mankind (which is death). He paid it all—but all do not benefit from the wondrous gift God bestowed on mankind at Christmas.

In John 1:11-12, the scriptures tell us: "He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

You just have to simply believe by faith in the true gospel of salvation -- that you are a sinner, incapable of saving yourself, and that God sent His only fathered Son to the earth to die for your personal sins, and rose from the dead defeating death so you can have eternal life with God.

You are, by faith alone, trusting our One, Triune God and His written Word to be true.

God's Holy Spirit of promise comes into our hearts at salvation, the exact moment we, by faith, believed the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. (Ephesians 1:13) We don't ask Him to come in, He comes in because we believe.

Salvation has zero to do with what you did in the past--or will do in the future--and everything to do with what Jesus did on the cross 2000 years ago.

When you believe you are forever assured of eternal life with Jesus. Because once He comes into your life, He's there forever. PTL!

Christmas is a good time to thank the Lord Jesus for taking our sin and giving us the gift of eternal life.

If you have never trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, will you consider the prompting of the Holy Spirit (3rd person of the Trinity) as He speaks to your heart?


Belief beyond proof is faith. Belief in spite of proof is folly.

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Amen.

Pete, Sr.

 

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