Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The True Meaning of Christmas

Over 2,000 years ago during the time in which the Roman empire was the world super power, the one God named Yahweh sent an angel named Gabriel to a small Galilean town called Nazareth to visit a young Jewish virgin of the Davidic line named Mary. She was promised that she would miraculously give birth to a son who would reign on David's throne and would be the Son of God: the Messiah. The angel told her to name Him "Jesus", which means "Yahweh saves" because He would save the humanity from their sins and give them eternal life. The little baby that was born to the Virgin Mary was no ordinary baby, this child was Emmanuel ("God with us") and the Word made flesh. This child lived a perfect life and literally never sinned, at His baptism by his relative John he was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with the power of God and he went about healing all of those who were oppressed by the devil. He showed us God's love and mercy, as well as how to please God and to walk in righteousness. This Jesus was rejected by the religious establishment who were expecting a political Messiah and was crucified under the authority of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. Jesus did not die for His own sins, as He had no sins to die for. Jesus died, as prophesied, for our sins and became sin for us. God laid upon Him all of our sins and transgressions. This isn't the end of the story. After three days in the grave, Jesus came back from the dead and proved every claim He made. This Jesus ascended to the right hand of God and is interceding for us sinners as our everlasting High Priest and lives to this day, never to die again. He will give you eternal life if you will place your faith in Him and He will send His Spirit to live in you. This Christmas day, let us remember that all of the material gift that our families give us are nothing in comparison to the gift that God gave us by sending His Son into the world to die for our sins.

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