CHRISTMAS

Christmas – "a time of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ into this world, the Son of God who became flesh so that He might take our punishment for sin in order that we might be forgiven of our sins, be reconciled back to God, and receive eternal life." For many, Christmas is the time to think of Jesus Christ as a baby in a manger. However, Christmas is not just about the Savior's infancy as special and as miraculous as this was. The central focus of Christmas is on the truth that God, in Jesus Christ became one of us, that He might deliver us from our sins. Jesus Christ was not just another man; He was God in the flesh. When we celebrate Christmas, the birth of Christ, we are not just celebrating the fact that some two thousand years ago Jesus of Nazareth was born; but we are celebrating the far greater fact that in Jesus of Nazareth, God Himself became man. When Jesus came into this world He was God incarnate, God in the flesh. He was not part God and part man. He was not God some of the time and man some of the time. He was all God and all man all the time. The real Christ story is the story of God's becoming a human being in the Person of Jesus Christmas because we needed a Savior and God Himself gave His only begotten Son to take the punishment for our sins. In the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross, He paid our sin debt in full and in His resurrection, He conquered death, hell, and the grave, therefore, all who come to Him can receive the free gift of salvation. Christmas is celebrating out of a heart of gratitude what God has done for us. (Matthew 1:23), "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which is being interpreted, God with us." (Luke 1:21), "And she shall bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."

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