Why We Do Christmas


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MESSAGE SUMMARY: Introduction: We are still in the season of Advent, which means coming or arrival. The Church begins this season of arrival or Advent as the time we recognize and celebrate the arrival of Jesus both Jesus first coming and His second coming. We celebrate Jesus first coming on Christmas Eve. The season of Advent is, also, a season of hope; and Advent is the beginning of our Churchs New Year. Message: What does Christmas mean to you? Could we be missing the point of what Christmas is all about? Irrespective of all the personal, social and cultural noise we encounter around the Christmas season, we must not lose sight of the fact that Christmas is all and only about Jesus. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of the most important person that ever lived the God and man Jesus. Is this birth and life of the Incarnate and unique Son of God, as both the Creator of the Universe and the Savior of humankind, true? The answer is a resounding Yes! because Jesus birth and life are based upon historical evidence. Also, the birth of Jesus is God coming among us in a desire to have a personal relationship with us and with all people. If God is so desirous of a personal relationship with us, why did God go to so much trouble to bring Jesus to us? Because, every time we sin, we are building a barrier between us and God God is Holy, and He cannot relate to sin. Therefore, Gods Grace provided Jesus as both the means of our Salvation and as an intermediary (i.e. Jesus is both God and a human without sin) from which we can have Gods desired personal relationship with us. However, when Jesus died on the cross, He took on all sin and became the required and once offered sacrificial payment for all sin. Jesus birth, life, death and Resurrection became the doorway for our personal relationship with God. As Jesus tells us in Mark 10:45: For even the Son of Man {Jesus}came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.. God loves us because of who God is. Why do so few of us accept Gods offered gift of Salvation through His Grace? When those not yet believing look at the lives of those of us that believe, they, often, they see us living by the fruit of the flesh rather than by the fruit of the Spirit our hypocrisy. Also, Gods offer is rejected because He may require us to give up some sin that we enjoy. Additionally, some believe that the cost of becoming a Christian is too great; however, the cost of not becoming a Christian is far greater than the cost of becoming a Christian and accepting Gods offer. Many refuse Gods gift because they believe that they are not worthy or good enough for God and His gift. They are correct; none of us are worthy of Gods gift, but that is the point Jesus birth, life, death and Resurrection provide us with the means a path to be worthy of Gods gift. Is Jesus your Savior? God has given you the greatest Christmas gift that you will ever receive. Have you accepted His Gift and opened His gift into your life? If not, then why not? With your hands open, you can accept Gods Christmas gift by saying: I am sorry; thank you; and please. TODAYS AFFIRMATION:I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM FORGIVEN. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9). WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACHS VIDEO: The Upper Room Part 4: The Day of Pentecost The Promise Fulfilled (All Saints Anglican Church; Peachtree City, GA), https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/` A WORDFROM THE LORD WEBSITE LINK: www.awordfromthelord.org DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB SCRIPTURE REFERENCE(ESV): Mark 10:45; John 15:13; John 3:16-17; Galatians 5:18-25. (Click thebluebelow to read the full Bible textfor these scripture references in BOLD.).

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