Good morning and God bless you all! Thank you all for your prayers! I am feeling much better, praise God! The Lord has been strengthening and encouraging my heart, taking away the pain, and helping my appetite, and I am so grateful! Christmas is only a couple weeks away now, and 2021 is just around the corner. I’m sure we are all ready for 2020 to end. My focus is solely on Jesus. He is the true joy, hope, and light of Christmas, and His birth is good news for the whole world!
If Jesus had not been born, there would be no hope in this world. We all need a Savior, and the good news of the Gospel is that God sent His Son to be the Savior of the world! God offers us forgiveness of our sins and eternal life through faith in Jesus, and that is the greatest gift we could ever receive!
Let’s take a look at the historical account of the birth of Jesus as recorded in the Book of Luke:
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom
his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”
Just like the angel said, the birth of Jesus Christ is good news of great joy for all people! God loves us all so much that He came to earth in human flesh to pay the penalty for our sin for us! The shepherds were so excited that they ran out and told everyone they could. They were the first evangelists that night as they spread the good news that the Savior of the world had been born, and believers in Jesus have been sharing that glorious message ever since!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
-Jesus speaking in John 3:16
The beautiful joy of Christmas is Jesus! Glory to God in the highest for sending His Son to save our souls! That is what we all truly want deep inside our hearts. We want to be at peace with God and know that we are going to Heaven. We can have that full assurance through faith in Jesus! Salvation is a free gift of God’s abundant grace, and it can only be received through faith in Jesus.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
“That 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.”
“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
As Isaiah prophesied around 700 years before the birth of Jesus:
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
If you do not have His peace inside your soul yet, please come to Jesus today and receive that most precious gift of eternal life! Through faith in Jesus, you will be reconciled with God and made righteous by the power of His Holy Spirit! Your sins will be forgiven and you will become a child of God! There is no greater gift than the salvation of your soul!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
-Jesus speaking in Matthew 11:28-30
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession-to the praise of his glory.”
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Jesus is the light of the world. Without Jesus, the world would be in darkness. Jesus is the only One who was born to save our souls, and there is no other Savior. Please consider the gracious gift of eternal life that God is offering you! Repent and turn from sin, and be at peace with God. He loves you and He will receive you as His own!
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
That is the true glory of Christmas! A beautiful little baby born in a manger who came to save us from sin and death! Jesus is Lord!
Grace and peace to you all, and Merry Christmas!