Contributed by Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain
Christmas is a celebration of God’s love.
God is love. Man is sinful and corrupt. From Genesis 3 ‘til now, the only way of making reconciliation is a blood sacrifice. God made the first blood sacrifice in the Garden of Eden, when He clothed Adam and Eve. Israel sacrificial system covered their sin, but it was never permanent.
4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
It was God’s love for His creation that caused Him to send Jesus to be the one-time sacrifice for our sin.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)
For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10)
It was all about the salvation of men and women. God has a book in which the names of all those who have trusted Christ are written. One day this book will be opened and those names not found in it will be cast into the lake of fire.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)
God expressed His to love to us by sending Jesus.
What will we do this Christmas for Him? Step back and take time to remember why Jesus came. What can you do for others during this Christmas season?
God loved us. What does the Bible say about love?
4 Love suffereth long and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Love never faileth. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
Love others this year. If you know God’s love, share it with others. If you are not saved, this would be a perfect time to accept God’s provision for your sin.
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