Religion

As you celebrate the holidays, what does this season mean to you? Does a baby in a manger factor into your reflections on the meaning of the season? And, if so, what is the meaning of that baby born in Bethlehem?

Perhaps it is just another cultural holiday for some. So, why is the Christmas season so special for Christians?

The Bible, God’s word, tells us that “through fear of death” we are “subject to lifelong slavery”.  All of us have violated God’s laws and our own God given conscience. We will face God on Judgement Day. How will you fare on that day?

Have you ever told a lie? Have you committed murder? Remember, Jesus likened the hate of a brother to murder! Have you taken the Lord’s name in vain (for example, saying “Oh my G-d”)? Have you ever stolen anything? The Bible tells us that “whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it”!

We have all rebelled against God and are all deserving of God’s condemnation. We wouldn’t call a judge “good” who simply forgave criminals without a fine or some punishment.

We are also unable to save ourselves from the penalty of sin. However, the Gospel (which means “good news”) tells us “…God has done what the law…could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh…he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us…”

The Lord Jesus paid the penalty for our sin by His death on a cross. He then rose again to life which proves His word can be trusted. His sacrifice is applied to our debt to God in only one way–through repentant faith in Him, the Lord Jesus Christ.

And true faith will show itself real in repentance from dead works,  or following our own selfish desires, and being wise in our own eyes.

Turn to Christ today, while you still have the opportunity. It is by no accident that you are reading this note today!

Please see the following scripture references for further study:
2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 2:14-15; Romans 2:15; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 21:8; Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:22; 1 John 3:15; Exodus 20:7; James 2:10; Romans 8:3-4; Romans 3:21-25 (English Standard Version)

Or go to this website to read them all: Biblegateway online bible with all verses noted above.

Thank you for reading and Merry Christmas!

In the book “God Has A Wonderful Plan for Your Life” by Ray Comfort, there is a quote from J.C. Ryle which reads “..The watchman who keeps silent when he sees a fire is guilty of gross neglect. The doctor who tells us we are getting well when we are dying is a false friend…”

This blog is about a service of care giving. It is meant to be both loving and honest, so I feel I must write the following:

Hebrews 9:27 “…it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…” (ESV) A “good”, human judge could never overlook lawlessness. We would call such a judge corrupt. The goodness of God that people are relying on for their salvation to heaven may be the very thing that will condemn them to an everlasting hell.

The first two commandments of the Lord’s Ten Commandments (Exodus 20: 3-4) tell us to have no other gods before the One, True and Living God, and that we should not make for ourselves a false god–that is idolatry. You can become an idolator by inventing a god in your own mind to suit our fallen nature by saying “My god would never send someone to hell”. You would be right–such a god won’t send anyone to hell because he doesn’t exist!

Meditate upon this passage: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%207:21-23&version=ESV

The Bible says this life is but a vapor that disappears quickly. His word also teaches that we have nothing more valuable than our soul. Seek the Lord while He may be found. Please, do not delay.

With love,

Patricia

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