Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas, Just Believe

Year after year Christmas comes and goes and year after year the Lord has been gracious to all who have been able to see how the birth of the Christ child has changed the world. It is true that no other life on earth has ever impacted the world as much as that of Jesus. Even though there are those in the secular community that refuse to acknowledge it, early church leaders used the birth of Jesus to split time vis-à-vis AD and BC--a recognition that is still used widely today. But Jesus was much more than just the splitting of time. Jesus' impact has been the reason why so much good has gone on in the world. Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Schools, Universities, Orphanages, Shelters, and Hospitals can all find there roots in Christian outreach and goodwill. But even those wonderful things do not fully explain what Christmas is all about.

The birth of Christ was God descending from the throne of heaven to take the form of humanity in order that He might become like us--even for just a moment in time. It was important for God to visit us in this way in order for Him to become our representative. He grew up like us. He experienced childhood like us. He chose friends like us. He sat a meals like us. There was nothing we have done that Christ has not also experienced. It is this experiential life that allows Him to relate to us and provide His never ending fountain of mercy for us. Do we get that? He came to us that He might save us, and to accomplish that mission He had to become like us. The Bible puts it this way:

Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted (Hebrews 2:17-18 NKJV).

Christians may gad about in our communities and may only be seen or heard of through the words of others. Those words may be good and bring glory to God or those words may be inglorious and bring about denigrating opinions. But regardless of what you have seen or heard the true goal of the believer is to share the gracious mercy of God. No other in the history of the world showed more mercy and had the ability to extend it even up to this very moment than Jesus Christ.

Christmas is about the King of Heaven becoming a baby, a child, and a man to experience your hurt, pain, suffering, temptations, and hardships in order that He might show YOU His mercy--He has already been where you are. God knows, God has experienced it, God has declared through the life He lived, died, and triumphed over that His triumph can be yours. All you need to to do is BELIEVE.

Please do not waste another moment -- believe on Him today. Pray the following:

Dear Lord, I know that in my heart-of-hearts I have sinned against heaven and earth. My sin is ever before me and I cannot make it go away. Please forgive me of these things and give me a new start through the faith I am now professing. I give my life and my heart to You. I will trust You to take old life away and give me the new one through Jesus the Lord.

In His name I pray and request this gift,

God Bless