I cordially greet each of you at this special time of the year when the world remembers the birth of the Savior. Despite the fact that it likely didn’t happen at this time, we still remember this wonderful, wonderful event.
Although the Bible tells us exactly when Jesus was born, she assured us that He was born in Bethlehem, the city of David. Prophecy has foretold it several centuries ago when the prophet Micah was inspired to write:
“And you, Bethlehem Ephrata, no matter how small you are among the other cities of Judah but out of you will come by My will, One Who will rule Israel, — Its origin is of old, from everlasting” (IPB).
What a wonderful prophecy given in the book of the prophet Micah, Chapter 5, verse 2.
It’s amazing to think that God, the Creator of the universe humbled himself and became man, born as a helpless babe of a young mother, grew up in a modest home, a large part of his earthly life he worked in a carpenter’s shop, and then for three and a half years wandered from place to place, taught, preached, healed and brought hope to countless number of people before it was rejected by those He came to save. He suffered the most humiliating, painful death possible to imagine, and was buried in a borrowed grave.
Why? Why did He decide to do this? Why He decided to come to Earth, this tiny planet as a human being to live and to die, knowing that He would be “despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53 : 3)?
There is only one answer — love. Love to you, love for me. Love to the whole world. For you see, in 1 John 4: 8 the Bible tells us: “God is love”.
And we know that “God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” the wonderful promise of John 3, verse 16.
The truth is that without God we have no hope, no future. Again, from the Scripture, Romans 6: 23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Jesus is our only hope. He is “the way, the truth and the life” (Jn. 14: 6).
And because He knew this because He knew that without Him we are lost forever, He came to this earth over 2000 years ago because He could not endure eternity without us.
We read in the wonderful book “Desire of ages,” page 25, that “Christ was treated as we deserve, to be treated as He deserved. He was condemned for our sins, to whom He had no relationship, that we might be justified by His righteousness that we had no relationship. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His. “By His stripes we are healed.”
Thank God that He died and rose, ascended and now sits at the right hand of God interceding for us (Romans 8:34).
In this time of gifts, I want to remember, and if you haven’t already, you want to carefully think about it, that you accept Jesus, hid Themselves in the likeness of humanity, 100% divine, 100% man — we can’t understand how amazing it is! He gave Himself to you and me how incredible the gift of life, love, and eternal life!
And if you have already accepted Jesus as your Savior, will you share this gift with someone else today?
As we read in the Scripture: “For to us a child was born, the son given to us promised, on whose shoulders dominion will fall. And his name shall be called: Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Ruler, creative world”. Amazing words from the book of the prophet Isaiah, Chapter 9, verse 6 (IPB).
Let the world be with you, not just at the end of the year and not just at the beginning of the year, but during 2019, as we expect in the near future second coming and imminent return of Jesus.
Let’s pray together.
“Heavenly father, we thank you for these beautiful reminders in Scripture about your love for each of us and the plan that was created in heaven for many years before the creation of this world, Jesus will come in the form of a man, and that He would live a perfect life. He would die for us. He will be with us. That He will rise again. That He will intercede for us in the Holy of Holies of the Heavenly Sanctuary as our high Priest and that He will return to take us home during His Second Coming. So, Lord, we now trust ourselves to Your care and ask that You help us share this amazing truth with others — that Jesus is coming soon! We praise Your name for this wonderful promise. Thank You! We ask it in Christ’s name, Amen.
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