Experience the grace of Jesus and have a Merry Christmas!

“In the beginning the Word already existed.  He was with God, and he was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  He created everything there is.  Nothing exists that he didn’t make.”  (John 1:1-3 NLT)

The Word is who the apostle Paul spoke about in Romans 1:20 (NLT) when he said:

“From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made.  They can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature.  So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.”

Could Paul have possibly understood how utterly profound his statement was, when the sky contains an estimated 100 billion galaxies, each with billions of stars? Or that our bodies are composed of highly complex DNA, genes and chromosomes, the blueprint of our humanness and God’s plan for us?  Or that scientists consistently discover more and more things in the universe that exhibit a perfect mathematical precision?

Yet this infinitely powerful Being was the same Word who Paul spoke about when he wrote in Romans 8:38-39:

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love.  Death can’t, and life can’t.  The angels can’t and the demons can’t.  Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away.  Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

He was the Word who was written about in the book of Hebrews where it says: “… we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God.  Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him.  This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations that we do, yet he did not sin.  So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.  There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.” (Hebrew 4:14-16 NLT)

It was the words of the Word Himself that the apostle John recorded in John 3:16-17 (NLT):

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life.  God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.”

He was the one who the prophet Isaiah spoke of nearly 700 years before He was born as a baby on earth, when he wrote: 

“Who has believed our message?  To whom will the Lord reveal his saving power? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender shoot, sprouting from a root in the dry and sterile ground.  There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.  He was despised and rejected – a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief.  We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by.  He was despised, and we did not care.” 

“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.  And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins!  But he was wounded and crushed for our sins.  He was beaten that we might have peace.  He was whipped, and we were healed! We have left God’s paths to follow our own.  Yet the Lord laid on him the guilt and sins of us all.” 

“He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word.  He was led as a lamb to the slaughter.  And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.  From prison and trial they led him away to his death.  But who among the people realized that he was dying for their sins – that he was suffering for their punishment?  He had done no wrong, and he never deceived anyone.  But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.”

“But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and fill him with grief.  Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many heirs.  He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s plan will prosper in his hands.  When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied.  And because of what he has experienced, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.  I will give him the honors of one who is mighty and great, because he exposed himself to death.  He was counted among those who were sinners.  He bore the sins of many and interceded for sinners.” (Isaiah 53)

Despite abundant evidence of God’s existence and the many prophecies that were fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ, there are many who want to diminish His importance.  My prayer is that you will come to understand the loving grace of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and embrace the most important gift ever, an everlasting and eternal place in heaven with Him.  Merry Christmas to you all.