It’s a pretty simple story but it is the most information a person could ever receive.
Almighty God created this universe. He made everything. Despite what they are teaching in public schools and colleges, nothing as intricate and complicated as this universe could happen by accident.
That is illogical.
After God created the world, the stars and everything in the heavens, He created a man and woman. We are in His image and that makes us very special. God not only created a perfect place for us to live, He took special delight in conversations with Adam and Eve, the first people.
A problem arose. God gave them instructions and they disobeyed, choosing rather to follow the advice of Satan, a fallen angel bent on destroying mankind. Because of this sin, a gulf was formed between God and people. It is a gulf that we cannot cross on our own.
God loved us, even though we were separated by sin and an inherent sinful nature that was passed on from generation to generation.
But He had a plan to bridge that chasm and restore the relationship that was so wonderful at the beginning.
His plan was to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to us. Jesus was born of a virgin. He was as much God as if He had never been a man and as much a man as if He had never been God.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem about 2,000 years ago and that is where we get the Christmas (Christ mass) story. The people of Israel were looking for a promised Messiah and that was Jesus. The shepherds and the wise men marveled at what God had done.
Jesus lived a perfect life. He never sinned. Jesus was tempted but He never stepped outside God’s will for His life.
The story doesn’t end with the Baby Jesus. At age 30, Jesus began a three-year pubic ministry. He healed the sick, raised the dead and taught the people about his Father and the promised redemption.
In an ultimate sacrifice, Jesus went to the cross and gave His life to glorify God and to offer to mankind the free gift of salvation. Jesus didn’t deserved to die but He willingly laid down His life for us because of his deep love for us and His devotion to God.
Here’s the best part – Jesus rose from the dead. Death could not keep Him. What this means for us is that we will be resurrected and spend eternity with Him.
In His wisdom, God, through the Holy Spirit, inspired men to write the Bible, the Old and New Testaments. In order to love someone, you have to know them. In order to know someone, you need to know things about them. Through the Bible and the life of Jesus, we get insight into the heart of God.
Before time began, God had a plan to save wayward men. The resurrected Jesus fulfilled a great deal of that plan.
Here’s the catch. Willful man can choose to accept Jesus Christ as Savior or we can reject Him. There is a difference between believing in God and trusting in Jesus. Jesus was careful to explain that the only path to God and eternal life was through Him. That may seem harsh but it is true. God is a God of love but He is also a holy God, a righteous Father. He will not let unredeemed sinners into His Heaven.
If you have not be reconciled to God through Jesus, now is the time to take care of this. None of us are promised an extra day. If you die in your sins, it is too late.
If God is speaking to you about your spiritual destiny, tell him that you are ready to accept Jesus. If you don’t have a church home, find one that teaches the Bible. Undoubtedly, God will bring people into your life who can help you along this spiritual journey.
You can pray a prayer right now, right where you are. If you need more information, read the Bible. Start with the Gospel of John.
The Christian life is not without trials and troubles. But the peace of Christ will help you navigate through any situation.
This is so important. Please don’t wait. Christmas is the perfect time to go a church and meet the God who loved you so much that He had His Son die on the cross to redeem you.
If you have a family member or a friend who has not trusted Jesus, what better time than Christmas to share the Gospel, the Good News?
God bless and Merry Christmas!