You didn't land here by accident!
On Christmas Eve, down from the sky comes Santa Claus in his sleigh full of presents for all the good little girls and boys. There is always something so magical in this story that has been passed down through the years from generation to generation and it always evokes such unbridled excitement in children and their parents alike.
Once we pass through into Christmas Day, though, the holiday takes on a different meaning. Some 2,000 years ago while shepherds watched their flocks by night, angels could be heard saying, "Glory to God in the highest and on Earth peace and good will toward men. For unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord." It is said that a bright star appeared in the firmament (sky) which led kings and travellers to see the the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger because there was no room in the inn. His was a humble birth yet mighty leaders bowed to His mightier majesty, power and goodness for they recognized His divinity.
Why is the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus Christ so important? It is important because since the day that sin entered into the world in the garden of Eden, every person ever born (except one) has been born into sin and God cannot look upon sin. He has said that the wages of sin is death. Because God cannot look upon sin, which is the transgression of His laws, sacrifices were needed to atone for sin so that it might be forgiven. The only one ever born who was sinless was Jesus Christ, born of a virgin on that wonderful day. When Jesus Christ came to this earth as God's Son, perfect in all respects, He was to serve as the ultimate sacrifice so that all of us might be forgiven of our sins. At the age of thirty-three years, Christ was crucified on the cross because of fear and false accusations but rose again on the third day in victory over death (Easter).
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son and if we believe in Him we can have the gift of eternal life. The important point here is that this is God's gift to us all and all we have to do is accept it. Sacrifices are no longer required because of Jesus' ultimate sacrifice on the cross. We choose whether or not we accept His free gift or reject it. If we admit that we are sinners and accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour by believing that He died for us on the cross so that we might be forgiven of our sins through this sacrifice, then we can live forever with God in heaven. If we choose to reject God's Gift, then we can expect that we shall not live in heaven with God but will be cast into the lake of fire for eternity.
We are alotted about 70 years on this earth and, although life's good times and life's bad times mean a lot to us, what we do with God's gift will determine our eternity. So as you open your gifts from friends and family this Christmas, remember the gift you have been offered from God beginning in a stable in a little town called Bethlehem. What you decide about this gift will be the single most important decision you will ever make.
If you would like to read more about this marvellous story, read the Book of Matthew and the Book of Luke in your Holy Bible (Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-10). As well, you might want to read the complete books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to get a complete account of the
story. The Book of John chapter 3 verse 16 (John 3:16) will emphasize God's Gift.
If you would like to accept God's free gift, take a few moments now, by yourself, and talk to God. That is called prayer. In your prayer you will need to admit that you are a sinner, that you want to turn away from sin and that you ask for forgiveness of it. You will need to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour and acknowledge His sacrifice for you on the cross. You will
need to request that He (Jesus Christ) be your personal Saviour. You need to ask Christ to come into your heart and your life and to guide and direct you. You need to ask this in Jesus name. You will need to be sure, though, that you truly mean what you have said.
Next, read the Holy Scriptures. God uses His Word to talk to those who are seeking. I personally prefer the original King James Version, but there are others that may be better suited for some e.g. The New King James Version, The New International Version. If you wish to attend a church, then choose one that preaches the Bible.
If you would like to know more about what the Bible says regarding personal salvation, please click the button below.
God bless you and God be with you!
|Common Sense for Living||