Merry Christmas!

Why do we give this greeting?  Because Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, was born of the virgin Mary, some 2000 plus years ago.  A young man asked me last night if December 25 was the actual date of His birth, since he had heard from some that it was not.  I shared with him that there have been great scholars, e.g., Alfred Edersheim, The Life & Times of Jesus the Messiah, who have made a great case for December 25 being the actual date.  Most importantly, however, is the fact of the Incarnation: God became man!  Why did He do it?  So He could be our Messiah, Redeemer, Saviour from our sins.  “He became sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21) Although it’s hard to comprehend God’s love, believe Him, and receive Him into your heart and life.  What will happen if you do?  “But as many as received Him, to them gave He the right to become children of God…” (John 1:12). Jesus also said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and sup with him and he with Me.” (Rev. 3:20). Why don’t you invite Christ in today?  Right now?  Don’t let anything hold you back.  You’ll never regret that decision.

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