by Sharman J. Monroe
Today is Christmas Eve, the height of the holiday season. If you are buying gifts, wrapping gifts or buying food to share with family and friends, you are blessed. If you are financially strapped and your giving is limited, you are blessed. Why? Because each and every one of you has been given the best gift ever.
Christmas is not about our ability to give. It’s about what God gave to us – Jesus Christ. God created us to be with Him for eternity. Sin, however, detoured us from God’s plan and only a sinless blood sacrifice could put us back on track. Nothing and no one in this world fit the requirements. BUT God…being omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, already had the fix in place! (1 Peter 1:17-21; Revelation 13:8). On that day in Bethlehem, Jesus, fully God and human, was born (Luke 1:30-35; 2:4-7). He was pure and spotless, totally without sin. He walked the earth and showed us how to live God’s way. Then He shed His blood as the atonement for all sin so that all who accept Him will be with God for eternity (John 3:16; 10:11-18). What an awesome God! Who can match such love?
Christmas is about the gift of Jesus, a gift no other claimed deity can give. He is a gift freely given, not based on what we earn or deserve (Ephesians 2:4-9).
Don’t get me wrong. I love the Christmas season – putting up decorations, making and buying gifts, going to parties, and visiting family and friends. Doing these things are fun and expressions of love. But as you go about today and tomorrow remember …. Jesus is the reason for the season. And should you come across someone who doesn’t know Him, take a moment and share what Jesus has done for you.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY