Last night I sang in a vocal group that performed for the local Rotary Club’s Annual Christmas Dinner. The members brought their families, including children from infants to 18 years of age. A local Pastor dressed up like Santa and, after a delicious meal and entertainment, arrived with a loud “Ho Ho Ho!!!” The youngest children were delighted, and each one was called up to receive a gift and get their picture taken with Santa. This was a fun evening, and we brought in the message of the birth of Christ in our music.
But, with all our busyness at this time of year, it is so important to teach our children that the baby Jesus in the manger grew up to die on a cross and shed his blood for our salvation.
He really was BORN TO DIE. Whoa…you say…that is a morbid thought.
You see, God had a plan from the beginning of time to reveal Himself in human form by sending His Son into the world as a baby, born of a virgin. This is one of the mysteries of Sovereign God. One of Jesus’ names is Immanuel which translated means “God is With Us.”
The God-Man Jesus, who was without sin, shed His blood on a Roman cross to cover all sin before and after his death and resurrection.
Wow….that’s so difficult for our human minds to comprehend! That’s where faith comes in. Child-like faith…which is a gift from God.
If you are struggling with the reality of who Jesus is, and that He is more than a baby in a manger, ask God to give you the faith to believe. Don’t try to “figure it out”…just know that God loves you with unconditional love. Once you realize that great love through Jesus Christ you will never be the same again! The celebration of Jesus’ birth will give you joy and an inner peace that is unexplainable!
JESUS THE CHRIST IS INDEED THE GREATEST, MOST LASTING GIFT OF ALL!!!
“The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23