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A Christmas Message

Luke 2:1-11 “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
This most familiar story gives the account of the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We have heard it proclaimed from the pulpit to the funny papers via Peanuts where Linus quotes these verses. Yet these familiar words mean nothing to this world unto whom it was sent, unless they identify themselves with Jesus Christ through His death, burial and resurrection, for the birth of Christ has meaning of “peace on earth” only to those who have experienced the “peace that passeth understanding” that comes through a personal relationship that is established by believing on Him. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18 Now, if you just look around you at this season of the year, you will plainly see that with all of the decorations of homes and businesses many people proclaim to know Him, and most of these would heartily say that they believe in Jesus. The problem with that is that most of these people believe in Jesus like I believe in George Washington. George Washington was a good man, but my belief in him, as an historical person has made no difference in my life or living. On the other hand, when I “trusted” Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, He came into my life and I became His dwelling place {I Corinthians 3:16}.
Most people believe in Jesus Christ without ever trusting Him for their eternal salvation. That is a tragedy. They believe in Him but fail to trust Him to keep them. As a consequence, they spend most of their lives hoping that they will one day live in Heaven, doing good deeds as a hedge against their sins. The truth is, when Jesus moves in, He seals you unto the day of redemption: Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” It is at this point your salvation is decided for eternity.
You see, because Jesus came into the world, through faith in His name, I will enter into His world when He calls for me, be it through death or when He gloriously returns.
This Christmas Season, consider for yourself: God became a man that He might redeem us to Himself. That is the reason for the season! “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” II Corinthians 5:19&21
What you do concerning Jesus will affect you for eternity…Give your life to Him!
Merry Christmas to you! Bro. Wayne