Updated: Jan 4, 2020
John 3:16 (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Christmas day is here and as we take time to exchange gifts and spend time with family, we ought to remember why we are celebrating in the first place and give praise and thanks to our great God!
I love this verse for its power and simplicity. Powerful because of the impact it has on our life and simple because of the nature of the message, God loves us. In fact, He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to die on the cross to atone for our sins.
“I’m a good person.” that is the common reason people give in regards to why they should gain entrance to Heaven. The problem is the price of admittance isn’t “good,” the price of admittance is perfection. It would be like showing up to a Red Sox game with a Yankees ticket… while the Yankees ticket may be good, the price to get into Fenway Park is a Red Sox ticket. Whether you have sinned a little or sinned a lot, perfection is not attainable. So, we needed a savior, a perfect sacrifice, we need a Lamb that can take away our sins.
God loved the world enough to send His only begotten Son, to live a perfect life, dying on the cross in place of us. Jesus paid the price for us, that we would be seen as righteous before our Creator. Today, we celebrate that He was born. Jesus would fulfill prophesy, live the perfect life, die for our sins and then rise again as He defeated death. Why did He do all of that? because God so loved the world.
The next part of this verse gives us hope. You see God did not send Jesus to pay the price for the Israelites, He did not die for the Egyptians, He did not suffer for Americans, He did all of this for whoever believes. That is wonderful hope there. He did this for me, He did this for you, He did this for the entire world so that we should not perish but have everlasting life.
This day is more than presents, this is more than family gatherings, this is about the hope we have in Jesus, that God loved us so much that He provided the propitiation for our sins. The question is, have you accepted that free gift of salvation? What better time than today to unwrap the gift of everlasting life? If you have, praise God and go forth and be joyful for this glorious day!
Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
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