Sunday, December 03, 2006
The True Meaning of Christmas
C is for the Christ child who was born nearly 2,000 years ago in a manger in Bethlehem.
"And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS." Luke 1:31
H is for the HOPE that Jesus brings to all who believe in Him and trust Him with their salvation.
"By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." Romans 5:2
I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to give you hope and a future.
R is for resurrection of Jesus Christ who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was both man and God, died on the cross for all of our sins, and then was raised from the dead (resurrected) and is now sitting at the right hand of God in heaven.
"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." 2 Corinthians 5:21
I is for Israel who God chose to bring forth the promised saviour of the world.
"Of this man's seed hath God according to [his] promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:" Acts 13:23
S is for the salvation that Jesus offers to all who are willing to confess their sin, believe in Him, and confess their belief in Jesus with their mouth.
"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."
T is for the empty tomb on Easter morning.
" He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you." Matthew 28:6,7
M is for the mercy God has shown the world by sending His only Son to suffer for our sins and bridge the gap between man and God.
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16
A is for our AWESOME GOD who loves us all unconditionally.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
S is for the shining light that Jesus brought
to the world!
"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12