Monday, December 23, 2013

What is Christmas?

Christmas trees, decorations, wreaths, lights, presents, last minute shopping, school programs, all the busyness of this time of year . . . is that all there is to Christmas?

Over 2,000 years ago, a baby was born in Bethlehem.  Not just any baby, as miraculous as babies are, this baby was Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.  This baby was God in human flesh, being born to pay the penalty for OUR sin.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.  (John 1:1, 14)

Christmas points us to the promise of salvation, eternal life with our Creator for all who truly believe, put their trust in Him, and repent of their sins.  Jesus Christ came, died and rose again to pay our sin penalty, a penalty we can't pay.  The bible says . . . For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)  If you haven't already accepted God's wonderful gift, we pray you will consider it as you celebrate Christmas this year.

Merry Christmas!

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