Christmas is Here!

Xmas God's Gift

What makes the gift of His son, Jesus, indescribable?  More than I can count, but the basics include:

  • The miracle birth — born of a virgin, announced by angels, and wise men saw a miraculous star which led them to Jesus.
  • He grew to adulthood in humble circumstance.  He was not raised in a palace as Moses was.
  • He healed blind men, raised the dead, made the lame walk, fed thousands with one boys’ lunch, he was clairvoyant, etc.
  • He brought hope to the hopeless.
  • But the most indescribable facet of God’s gift is that Jesus became our sacrifice for our sins — for all men and for all time.And how do we buy this Groupon?  By BELIEVING in the conglomerate miracle of Jesus’ life and actions.  FAITH brings the key to heaven.  It is so simple that most miss it.  God created us with free will.  But He, being a jealous God, demands our attention and worship which comes easily to one who believes.  Why?  Because  the proverbial “God-sized hole” within us can only be filled with God’s Spirit.  He wants to become a part of our lives and carry us through the darkest days of our lives.  The four advent wreath candles stand for —
  • Hope
  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace

My pastor, Frank Briggs, blew out each candle last night at our Christmas Eve Service, with each blow asking the question:

Have you lost hope?
Have you lost love?
Have you lost love?
Have you lost peace?

Those problems of life hit everyone between the eyes!  But the solution comes in one’s simple belief in Jesus’ sacrifice.  Unfortunately, too many do not find that leap of faith to be simple.  C.S. Lewis declared himself as the most reluctant Christian.  He tried to not believe for many years, but his extensive spiritual searching brought him to the conclusion no rebuttal remained for not believing Jesus’ life, testimony, and resurrection.

Max Lucado remembers a Christmas card from the past which read:

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent an educator.
If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.
If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.
But since our greatest need was forgiveness, God sent us a Savior!

Hallelujah!

 (Holley Gerth graphic)

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About 9awalsh

A genealogist and writer who has uncovered legacy stories which must be told. I also write a blog, Deciphering Life, trying to figure out why life becomes so tangled -- www.9awalsh.wordpress.com
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