We really have lots to celebrate 2017

ONE might say I’m big on Christmas celebrations, well there maybe some truth in it!

It is such a significant date or time in our annual calendar.

It marks a significant and critical event in the history of humanity.

A time of remembering an event of major importance which has impacted our lives; Kind of like a Birthday, The reason why one is alive on earth. So it is with “Christmas” it holds incredible meaning and importance to mankind; as it remembers the Birth of God’s Son JESUS born in the (flesh ‘human’ 100%) and remembering the incredible impact it had for mankind. Mankind who were slaves too and under the domination to the Law of Sin and Death because of Adams Fall.

The birth of JESUS and its importance was not understood by men as they were living in darkness serving a master who cared not for them; (Lucifer) and this dominance kept them from knowing God personally. Also mankind was continually in debt to God because of their sins and sin nature, never able to offer anything that would satisfy the demands and just payment that the sin debt demanded.

Basically mankind was lost and without any hope , the goodnews was God had a solution and He (God) because of His love for us was willing to fulfill ‘the solution’

That solution required God’s Son to be born of human flesh in our world of debt to sin, he would be born without the sin nature of Adam; so his life was without debt. This was going to allow a payment acceptable for the sin debt owed by man as by one man Adam the sin debt came and was passed on by birth, so to God was about to by one man JESUS pay the sin debt and redeem man from the debt he owed and JESUS would pass it on by New Birth.

12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:12-21 ESV

This debt cancellation happens when we lay our lives down at the cross of CALVARY in our heart and die to sin and ask God to make us alive to him. “Being Born Again”

That’s the big picture of Christmas and of course like all things in the natural it has a beginning and the Birth of JESUS is it for mankind, hence remembrance of God’s sons birth during a Christmas season has incredible importance, particularly to those who have accepted God’s solution for their sin debt it has huge meaning.

Santa Claus, tinsel and Christmas trees are all nice and fine but they aren’t the reason for the season. Gift giving has more significance particularly if it’s done in the right spirit (heart motive) “unselfishly Like God’s was” as it reflects the heart of God and what he did for us by sending His son to be the solution for our sin debt; this gift  was was given even though we hadn’t earned it or obtained any Merit to warrant receiving it.

That’s why we say Christmas is a message of Good News and Peace to all mankind, the solution for our sin debt was at hand and the conflict between us and God due to our sin debt was being dealt with. The enmity between us and God was going to be removed.

The Christian world is born from the birth of JESUS God’s son, JESUS the Christ. So we really have lots to celebrate!

Rev. Gary Green

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