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 The Purpose of Christmas

Christmas was the beginning of a journey “And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:9-10-11. This was to be a thirty three year journey toward death, Jesus the Son of God starts a journey which will lead Him to separation from God the Father for the first time ever. “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud  voice,  saying  Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani  that is to say,  My God,  my God  why hast  thou   forsaken  me?” Matthew 27:46. We have the answer to His question He asked on the cross of Calvary  over two thousand years ago. It was for my sin, and the sin of all mankind.  “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

All because of His love for the wayward and lost mankind. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16    “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9. “ That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus , and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. “ Romans 10:9 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. “ Romans 10:13

Christmas is a joyful time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the Saviour . We are joyful over what Christmas means as God’s gift to all mankind. It’s  our only way of release from the penalty of sin and the freedom from the over powering power of sin. It’s the door to a new relationship to the Holy and eternal God, for us a new start in life.

Christmas is also a solemn time, when we think of the end of the journey which began that  first Christmas night. The journey that would lead to the cross of Calvary  and the separation of Jesus the Son of God  from the Father.  A journey where He would be rejected, hated and tortured then die all because of His love for each one of us. “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.

As we celebrate Christmas, let’s keep in mind the purpose of Christmas.

Then Shout and Sing for JOY.

 

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