MERRY CHRISTMAS - 2016.
It is the Season of Love.
Let me tell you about the greatest present I ever received, the greatest significant event of my life.
It started on the first Christmas. A virgin birthed the Son of God in a small town called Bethlehem. Joseph fled with Jesus and Mary to Egypt, then returned to Israel, where Jesus grew up in Nazareth. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. When He began His earthly ministry, his cousin John the Baptist heralded His coming as the Messiah, the Savior of the World. After three years of ministering to His followers, Jesus the Christ went to the cross and gave His life and paid the price for the sins of all mankind.
Jesus Christ fulfilled hundreds of prophecies, many of them written in the book of Isaiah, a book found in the Dead Sea scrolls and carbon dated to over two hundred years before the birth of Jesus. (My cousin, an awesome writer, posted more about this on Facebook.)
He did this out of Love - love for me, and love for you. That gift, given freely to all men, cannot and will not ever be taken away, but you must receive it. Like a Christmas present, you do not want to leave it under the tree and have it put back into the closet, never to be opened.
I accepted that gift in 1974. Since then I have failed many, many times. Here's the key, though. The Life of Jesus Christ is the GIFT of God and we do not earn it. Indeed, the God of the Universe, who knows you better than you know yourself accepts you as you are if you simply receive and open His gift.
The Gift of Transformation, the Gift of Sanctification, the Gift of Love from God Most High, the Holy One, Jesus Christ.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
You can open your present now. Merry Christmas to all.
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