Monthly Archives: December 2016

CHRISTMAS IS MORE THAN SHOPPING

Recently, I was going through some old files and came across this post from a dear missionary friend in South Africa. I trust you will find within its words truth for today and every day of your life. It reminds us of who we are in Christ Jesus…the REASON that Father God sent His only begotten Son to seek and to safe the lost.

“A Lesson from Nature

“It happened in Kenya at the Masai-Mara Game Reserve. A small lion cub was clinging for his life to the side of a vertical cliff. His petrified cries attracted the attention of his mother and three other lionesses. The four of them looked over the side of the cliff and saw the petrified and fearful cub. Suddenly, the motherly instinct activated the mother to act. Very cautiously, with her powerful claws gripping the cliff-side, she proceeded down the dangerous cliff. In the nick of time, she locked the cub in her jaws and started the dangerous journey to the top. On reaching safety, she licked the cub’s head, assuring him of her love. What a brilliant rescue operation.”

How that relates to us – WHY Jesus came to earth. Imagine, He left His home in Glory – the security and glory of the Heavenly Kingdom to make that treacherous journey to earth, to enter the sin-filled world to rescue you…to rescue me…to rescue mankind!  Even if you had been the ONLY sinner on earth, He still would have come, having heard the pitiful, heart-wrenching cries from your heart for salvation. Even the coldest heart still cries out to God for rescue. There’s not a person on this earth who doesn’t desire one-ness with the Father. There’s not a person on this earth who doesn’t cry out for peace. And true peace can only be found in Him Who is the Prince of Peace, our LORD Jesus Christ.

Christmas is just around the corner. Untold sums of money will be spent on gifts, entertaining, meals, parties…festive occasions will take place in many parts of the world. We celebrate – we put up decorations – we invite friends and neighbors to our homes to share in the joy of the Season.

But is that the only reason we celebrate this most joyous time of the year? That is NOT the reason Father God sent His Son. He sent Jesus to seek and save the lost by paying the penalty that was owed by all mankind because of sin.

We live in a sin-filled world – a world controlled by greed, avarice, perversion, wars. untold evil. A world that is groaning for redemption. Jesus provided redemption through His sacrifice at Calvary.

We are ALL in need of redemption. We are ALL in need of instruction in the ways of God so we may tell others of our great God of Love, Mercy and Grace – to bring others into the Kingdom.

Many Christians live just for today. Our minds are filled with work, sports, hobbies, family commitments and worldly pleasures. But as Christians, we have the opportunity – and responsibility – to sow seeds of blessing all around us – especially at this time of year, when hearts and minds are focused on celebrating the birth of the Babe in the manger.

Luke 2 recounts the glorious history of His birth. Angelic hosts proclaimed the miraculous birth. They praised God, saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:13-14).

Many people misunderstand that verse. They blame God for the unrest around the world – for the evil, for the wars… ‘where’s the ‘peace’? ‘they want to know. The “peace” referred to here is PEACE BETWEEN GOD AND MAN! God sent Jesus to establish the eternal relationship He has always desired with mankind. He sent His most precious Gift – His Son – to rescue mankind from the death-grip of Satan…to establish ‘heart-peace’ within us…to reconcile us to Him so we may enter into the loving relationship with the Father He has always desired since the beginning of time.

Yes, this is the Season of gift-giving, but God gave His most precious Gift of all – His Son.

John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting (eternal) life.” 

God is the greatest LOVER of MANKIND – He loved this world so much!

God is the greatest GIVER of GIFTS – He gavus us His Son!

God is not a respecter of persons – ‘…that WHOSOEVER believes’ – no restrictions. He accepts us right where we are. Just like that cub clinging for life on the precipice of that cliff, the mother climbed down to rescue him. God sent Jesus, His Son, to save us from the cliff of sinful destruction. The mother lion didn’t wait until that little cub found his own way up that cliff – she climbed down. God doesn’t tell us we have to wait until we are ‘worthy’ of His love before He saves us… we could never be worthy enough, but through the Blood of Jesus, HE MAKES US WORTHY! He clothes us with HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS because our own righteousness is as filthy rags in His sight.  (Isaiah 64:6). 

As we hear the jingle of bells,listen to the beautiful Christmas Carols, see the beautiful decorations of Christmas, let us always remember what the significance of this glorious Season is all about – JESUS.

JESUS IS THE REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON!

May you and yours have a glorious, joyous, God-filled Christmas.

Go, tell it on the mountains – JESUS CHRIST IS BORN! Shout it out – share the glory of the Season with family, friends, neighbors. Greet the stranger on the street with a smile and tell them Jesus is the Reason for the Season... tell them that God LOVES them! Rejoice in your heart because YOUR name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!

Have a very MERRY, BLESSED, GOD-FILLED CHRISTMAS!