I’ve started more Christmas blog posts than I can count in the past week, but none of them felt right.
My heart has been heavy at times this month because of all the evil that is evident in our world. My heart is also filled with joy because Jesus came into our dark and violent world with the remedy for my sin. I have a Christmas pin with these words: Jesus is the Reason for the Season.
The truth is that we are the reason for the season. He came for you and me.
You see, I’ve done some things I shouldn’t have done. I stole a pair of earrings once. I’ve told more than my share of lies. I’ve harbored hate for another person in my heart (which Jesus says is the same as committing murder). I’ve dishonored my parents and loved other things more than I’ve loved God. I’ve broken all of God’s commandments.
Some people think that God should just allow everyone into heaven. But God is just and good. Would a just and good God turn a blind eye to those who shoot and kill innocent children? NO! Would He welcome those into His heaven who cheat, steal, and kill? NO! A good judge punishes the wicked, and God is a perfect judge.
Because of my guilt, I knew that when I stood before God on judgment day, I would be declared guilty. I would go to hell. But the story doesn’t end there. God doesn’t want me to go to hell. That is why He sent His Son as a baby on that first Christmas Day. God sent Jesus to pay my fine. Jesus was born to die on the cross, born to rise from the grave, born to save me from judgment and hell.
Because I believe in Jesus and accept the sacrifice He made on my behalf, God has declared me not guilty. What a Christmas gift for me! The same gift is available to each of you.
Merry Christmas, my friends! Merry CHRISTmas!
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