I am wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I will see you in January! Like pretty much everybody else, we are busy playing in the snow and preparing to celebrate our Saviors birth!
Christmas is our favorite time of year, and we all get exited about this time (and by the way it’s 10 days till Christmas)! Caroling, baking, gaining ten pounds (we call it the “Santafication Process”), and getting gifts ready to give to our friends and family , we are all busy. But we have to remember to slow down each day and remember the real reason that this holiday exists- Jesus! It is so easy to forget, and when you do, the season just seems like a lot of unnecessary stress and work, and seeing a Santa Claus in some shape and form wherever you turn is getting old. Well, none of that really matters. The whole reason we celebrate December 25th is this: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life”.(John 3:16) That is it! But we have made all of the stress, work, and Santa Clauses for ourselves! Why? I don’t know. All we ever needed is that one, tiny, helpless baby, who came solely to save us, because He loved us. He loved (and loves) us so very much, that He would do it all over again. He would come down to earth in a heartbeat, be crucified for our sins, all over again. Can you imagine that kind of love? It is hard. And all He wants is for you to accept that free gift. No strings attached. If you humbly confess that you are a sinner and repent of your sins you will be saved,”if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9)”. No questions asked, a free gift to all. And don’t take my word for it, pick up a Bible and read it. Start in Genesis and read chapters 1-3 of how the world was created. It was perfect and beautiful. But then Eve went and ate that forbidden fruit and gave some to Adam, and sin entered the world. The whole earth was now cursed with sin. Now turn to Matthew, the first book in the New Testament, and read the first chapter. If you want more details on Christ’s birth and life, read in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Read John 3:16. You are either a slave to sin, or a slave to Jesus Christ. There is no being your own boss, or in between. God loves and cares for His children, He makes sure that they have everything they need. Don’t get me wrong, while here on earth, even if you know Jesus, your life won’t be perfect. You will still feel pain, have heartaches, and that one person may still be unkind. But now you have help. Just ask Jesus for help, and He will give it to you! He will help you bear that pain, heartache, and be kind and loving to that person. Maybe that person will come to know Jesus, if you are kind to them! Just ask Him humbly, and He will hear you.
You simply can’t be good enough on your own. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) Need convincing? Pick up that Bible again and turn to Exodus chapter 20. Go through the commandments one by one. Have you broken any? Yep, me too. We all have, every single one. But here is the Good News, no matter what you have done, the blood of Jesus can wash it away and make you clean! God loves you more than you could ever imagine, than any of us can imagine. After you have accepted Jesus into your life, you will still sin. You will stumble every now and then and remain imperfect in all ways. God says repent, turn away from your sins and follow me.
Do you want to accept this wondrous gift from the God that created you? Don’t wait, do it now. Each breath that you take is a gift. And who knows but the God that created you how long or short your life will be.
I hope that all who do not know Jesus will seek Him.
Have a very Merry Christmas!