Gift of Salvation

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The events of Jesus’ birth and life – such a magnificent, grand story including angels proclaiming, wise men traveling from afar, and shepherds rejoicing that they were included in this blessed event. Can you picture Joseph being protective and caring over his new little family? Can you imagine young Mary living in faith of what an angel had told her would happen and contemplating the sheer miracle of birth itself? I love listening to the Christmas story every year. The simplicity and beauty of the story never fades. The humility in which Jesus was born and yet the grandeur of the master plan God had set in motion before humanity still astounds me. And then, there is the question of why? The answer is in stark contrast to the glory of Jesus’ birth – He came to die. Let’s look at this further.

Colossians 1:15-16a says, “Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created.” So God gave us an opportunity to connect with Himself through sending us His Son, Jesus – a living and breathing baby and yet had been with God in creating everything we are and see here on this earth and beyond. Philippians 2:7-8 tells us, “He made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness and being found in appearance as a man.” Verse 8 continues giving us the reason for Christmas: “He humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!” Jesus left the presence of God and entered our world, our lives. Then He not only loved, healed, taught, fed, and brought back to life, but He also knowingly submitted to dying as someone cursed – the most degrading kind of execution that could be inflicted on a person.

Again, the question of why? Romans 5:8 clearly tells us that “God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” You see, there is a gap between us and God that was created by our sin. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So we are a sinful people, and that sin deserves death, but God so loved us that He sent Jesus here on this earth – to save us, to pay the price for all our sins. First Peter 2:24 tells us, “Jesus personally carried the load of our sins in his own body when He died on the cross so that we can be finished with sin and live a life of righteousness.” This verse gives us the victory over the slavery of sin and its bondage.

Your sins have been paid for. You can walk in freedom only Jesus can give you, and that precious freedom is your belief in Jesus – His Father, His birth, life and death and then ultimately, His resurrection. He gained victory over death, victory over sin, and victory over life. Romans 10:9 gives you the key to this freedom; “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Claim your victory.

Accept your free gift.

Hallelujah!!! Merry Christmas!

Blessings in Your Blending!

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