Matthew 1:21 She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Jesus was born for one purpose only and that was to die for the sins of humanity.
There are only 2 destinations after life here on earth. Either we spend eternity with God or separated from God. No other options are available! Yes, we do have a choice!
At the beginning of creation when God created man in the Garden, God gave man free reign over everything in it accept the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil".
Genesis 2:16-17 - And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
The death that God said man would die that is reference in the above scripture is not a physical death, but a spiritual death which will caused mankind to become immediately separated from God spiritually if he disobeyed.
After Adam was deceived by the serpent in the garden to obey him instead of God by eating the fruit from the the forbidden tree, sin entered in the world for all humans by one man's disobedience to God.
Every human being born came from the lineage of Adam and Eve, therefore "sin" was passed on to everyone of us. We all were born "sinners".
Disobedience and sin against God in the garden meant that when man died physically, we would spend eternity in hell separated from God.
The "GOOD NEWS" on today is that we no longer have to live under the penalty of "sin and death" because God had a plan before sin ever entered in the heart of man. God knew Adam would sin before Adam sinned, therefore, He made a plan to "SAVE" humanity from the penalty of sin and death before the foundation of the world.
The plan that God had was to put on flesh, come to earth in the form of His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, die on a cross, shed His blood, as full payment for man's sin by faith in Hm and His atoning work on our behalf.
The assurance of death and eternal separation from God through Adam brought about the "SAVING GRACE" of God for ALL of humanity through Christ Jesus.
Romans 5:12- Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, so death has spread to all men, because all have sinned.
Romans 5:18-19 Therefore just as through the trespass of one man came condemnation for all men, so through the righteous act of One came justification of life for all men. 19 For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One the many will be made righteous.
In shedding His blood and by man's faith in God and His "sacrificial offering" of "blood shed" by His son on our behalf, was and still is today, the road to "reconciliation" with God on behalf of us sinners.
As proof of our access to God through Christ Jesus, we are reminded of this in Matthew 27:51-At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from the top to the bottom. And the ground shook, and the rocks split apart.
The torn "Curtain" in the temple on the day that Jesus was crucified symbolically represent humanity direct access to God through Christ Jesus who is our "HIGH PRIEST".
On the day that Jesus died "SIN AND DEATH" was defeated. Death was swallowed up in victory.
1 Corinthians 15:55-O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
Jesus Christ died before the world was ever formed and before Adam sinned in the garden.
WOW!! Before we needed "SALVATION" God's Amazing "GRACE" was already made available to us.
The thought that God would provide a way for us to be reconciled back to Him before we were ever in need of salvation. WOW!
Revelation 13:8-All who dwell on the earth will worship him, all whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world.
The "LOVE" that God provided for the sins of humanity is beyond human description and understanding.
God call to "EVERY NATION" in the universe is to "BELIEVE" on today and not try to figure out the "how's". God's thoughts and ways are not ours, therefore, we MUST believe that His Word is true and will NEVER fail.
John 20:29-Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and have yet believed.”
Jesus paid a debt He did not owe with His sinless blood. Jesus knew no sin.
2 Corinthians 5:21 God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
People of God, Jesus death on the cross cancelled our debt.
Salvation is found in no other! Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, 9 not of works, so that no one should boast.
People of God, let this season be one of celebrating the birth of "Christ our Savior" by our witness and testimony with our life styles and not so much with the words of our mouth. Let your light so shine that men would see your good works and that God our Father would receive the glory out of our lives.
People of God, let the "LIGHT" of Jesus rule and reign in your hearts because you and I truly have a reason to rejoice! We truly have a reason to celebrate for unto us a child is born, a son WAS given so that we can live again.
Lord, we thank you and we give you praise, glory and honor this day and everyday for you alone are God and besides you there is NO other.
JESUS, YOU ARE INDEED THE GIFT!!!
Lord, set our hearts on sharing Your Gospel and helping others unwrap YOU this Christmas Season.
Thank You Lord for what scripture declares that you have done for all that would believe. You offered the world the GREATEST give that anyone could ever receive. This is an eternal "GIFT" that we can use 24/7 and take with us everywhere we go from now throughout eternity.
2 Corinthians 9:15-Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
JESUS IS INDEED THE INDESCRIBABLE "GIFT" THAT CAME TO DIE SO WE MIGHT LIVE!
THANK YOU LORD!!!
Your Servant Debra