That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life...
Philippians 2:15-16a

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas is Coming!

Yes, yes it is!  How could anyone NOT know Christmas is coming.  The Dollar store has had Christmas decorations out since mid-October!  Yeesh!!! Although, if you were to look out the window here in northern Ontario right now, you might be a little fooled about Christmas.  The ground, which is typically white, is yucky brown.  That's very unusual for us!  We always have snow at Christmas... except for two years ago, and this year, and I think 1982, but I don't remember that one, because I was only a few months old.

I'm excited about Christmas.  I'm excited about all the good things Christmas represents.  Family, friends, giving, a break from work!  I also enjoy the true meaning of Christmas.  The birth of Christ!  I think Christmas is a valuable time of year for Christians, because of all the biblical associations with the holiday.  We can certainly use these as opportunities to witness.  Even beyond the birth of Christ, the true meaning of Christmas is so much more than just Jesus being born.  It's about why He was born.  He was born to die.  His sacrifice was the payment needed for our sin.  It's our greatest gift.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).

What a gift!  Eternal life!  And Jesus suffered a horrible death in order to give us that gift.  Amazing!  I hope that this Christmas season you will take time to thank the Lord Jesus for that gift if you are a Christian.  If you don't know Christ as your Saviour, if you're trusting in your own works or in your church or some other religion to "save" you, my prayer is that you will see the truth that your faith and trust ONLY needs to be in Christ for eternal life and forgiveness of sins.

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 (John 3:16).

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