Tomorrow we celebrate Jesus birthday! The two most important days in history are those on which He was raised from the dead, and the day He was born. The resurrection is certainly the most important event of all time, yet there could not have been a resurrection without Jesus first putting on flesh, and dwelling among us. (John 1:14) Jesus was not only born in Bethlehem, but the scripture tells us “For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He (Jesus) would be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Rom 8:29) He was the firstborn Son of the Father, and also the firstborn from the dead.
THE VERY BEST GIFT
Jesus came to the earth as an infant, not possessing worldly power or position. He left the earth as the firstborn from the dead, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. When He ascended to the Father, an angel declared He would come again to receive all those who would choose to be like Him, born not just of the flesh, but of the Spirit of God. As we celebrate the Christmas season and exchange gifts, we should always remember this: ” 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17) God gave us His very best gift in Jesus, his only begotten Son.
The Gift of the Father to us is Jesus, and only through Him can we be saved, healed and delivered. I will never tire of celebrating His birthday and thanking Hom for what He has done for me. I am humbled that He took upon Himself human flesh, becaming like me so that I could be like Him. Happy Birthday Jesus!
For those of you in the PCB area, our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service is tonight at 7:00 pm. I look forward to enjoying with you the Christmas Story along with the beautiful music of the season. For those of you who cannot attend, Marsha and I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Blessed, Prosperous, and Miraculous New Year!
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