December 24, 2010
On the eve of Christmas day, I am reminded of the great price that Jesus Christ paid for the forgiveness of our sins. He left heaven, fully God, and became fully man to live a sinless life and endure a cruel death on the cross to pay the price for the forgiveness of OUR sins. Is HE the reason you are celebrating Christmas?? If not, will you turn your life over to him today and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
Consider these verses from the second chapter of Philippians (NIV):
5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
John Wilson writes in the 12/24/2010 Wall Street Journal Opinion section: “… As we sing carols for his birth, we see him taken down from the cross, wrapped in ‘a clean linen cloth,’ and laid in the tomb of a friend. That’s the cloth that is left behind in the empty tomb of Resurrection morning. Easter is implicit in Christmas, and Christmas is implicit in Easter. When we celebrate the one, we celebrate the other, looking forward to the restoration of all things.”
Merry Christmas and Happy Easter! They are inseparable. Jim D.