If you’re like us, you’re breathing a sigh of relief as 2020 is finally wrapping up.
The Christmas season is almost upon us, and with it many hopes for peace on earth and goodwill to men.
But after the year we’ve had, these well-wishes can seem trite and unrealistic.
We’d like to encourage you to look again at some “Christmas words” and see a deeper meaning that actually does offer us a chance of having a very Merry Christmas after all this year!
Bad news is, we’ve all made it onto the Naughty List this year, because the REAL standard of “good” comes from God.
He says that we have to be perfect in order to be considered a good person, able to make it into Heaven.
Matthew 5:48–“Therefore you shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
We can never have peace on earth as long as we are at war with our Creator, God.
No new administration can fix the fact that humankind is separated from our Creator by our greatest problem–sin.
This is a problem that only God could fix.
Romans 3:23–“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
And God DID fix it. We give gifts at Christmas to remember the Greatest Gift of all.
God gave His only Son, Jesus, to fix the broken relationship between God and man.
Jesus came to earth as a human baby Boy, grew up and lived a perfect life as a Man, the perfect life that WE failed to live.
John 3:16–“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.“
Christmas IS about a tree, but not a Christmas tree.
It’s about the wooden cross that Jesus died on.
While Jesus hung on that cross, God poured out His wrath toward sin on Jesus, punishing Him instead of us.
Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the dead.
He conquered sin and death, and made a way back to God.
Romans 5:6-8–“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous person; though perhaps for the good person someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
The stripes on the candy cane remind us of the bloody death that Jesus died on the cross.
Because God is so perfect, He requires a high price for sin–death.
The white stripes on the candy cane remind us that it is Jesus’ blood that washes us clean from our sins
1 John 1:7–“If we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
We hear a lot about joy at Christmastime.
But so often we experience hurt and heartache from the very people that should care for us the most.
This can make Christmas one of the hardest times of the year. Jesus’ coming to earth tells us that God has not forsaken us.
His love is so great that He was willing to leave Heaven, and even die, to bring us back to a right relationship with God.
1 John 3:1–“See how great a love the Father has given us, that we would be called children of God.”
If you repent of your sins and believe in Jesus for salvation, God will forgive your sins and make you HIS child.
He will be your Father Who never leaves you or hurts you.
He will guide you through this life and bring you to Heaven when you die, where there will be true joy and peace forever.
Psalm 16:7-11–“I will bless the Lord who has advised me; indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will dwell securely. For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; You will not allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. You will make known to me the way of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
We care about you, and want you to be able to experience peace and joy this Christmas.
Please reach out to us! We’d love to be able to help you in any way we can.
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