Merry Christmas! You likely have read about the birth of Jesus in Luke 2, but do you know who Jesus really is?
- King of kings (Revelation 17:14)
- Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14)
- Emmanuel (Matthew 1:23)
- Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5)
- Messiah (John 1:41)
- Saviour Luke 2:11
- Wonderful (Isaiah 9:6)
- Counsellor (Isaiah 9:6)
- The Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6)
- Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6)
- Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
These are only very few of the names that the Bible uses to describe Jesus. So how does the Bible describe us through the eyes of God?
- Sinners (Romans 5:12)
- Short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)
- Without truth (1 John 1:8)
- Unable to see the kingdom of God (John 3:3)
- Destined to die because of our sin (Romans 6:23)
- Unclean (Isaiah 64:6)
- Unrighteous (Isaiah 64:6)
- Children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3)
- Wicked (Psalm 58:3)
- Liars (Psalm 58:3)
- Abominable (Revelation 21:8)
Christmas is a wonderful time, typically filled with family, friends, joy, happiness, and, yes, presents. Sadly, most reject the greatest gift ever given (and no, I’m not talking about a Lamborghini). You see, God sent His Son – the Messiah, Saviour, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, King of kings, Lord of lords, Emmanuel – to earth to pay the price for our sins. We, who are wicked, unrighteous, the children of wrath, liars, and abominable.
“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.” (John 3:16). Jesus was born of a virgin, was both 100% man and 100% God, and never once sinned. He lived a perfect, sinless life.
Death is the penalty for sin, and someone had to pay up (Romans 6:23a). Because God loved us so very much, He gave Himself for our sins, dying a cruel death by crucifixion. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).
God died for you and me, paying our sin debt. But he did not stay dead! Three days after his death, Jesus rose from the grave, victorious! He had beaten death, and His blood had paid our debt. “For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived” (Romans 14:9a).
God’s gift – the greatest gift ever given – is eternal life (Romans 6.23b). When you turn away from sin, believe on Jesus, and accept the wonderful gift He has given you, you are washed whiter than snow.
You can’t go to Heaven by tithing, going to church or being a good person. You can only go to Heaven if you accept God’s gift to you, and here’s how: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9). When you put your trust in God, every sin from your past and your future has been paid for and is washed away…removed as “[f]ar as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). The darkness is gone, and God sees you as His!
If you reject God’s gift of life, you will be sent to Hell – a real place. “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15). “And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:50). God also says about those that reject Him: “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:46) I don’t know about you, but quite frankly, the mere description of Hell terrifies me.
Just like the presents you receive on Christmas, you can either choose to accept God’s gift of salvation or reject it.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, then this Christmas, remember to thank Him for leaving His kingdom and throne to come to earth to save us.
Christmas isn’t really about the baby in the manger…it’s about the man on the cross, who willingly died to save us from the penalty of death and an eternal separation from God, and then defeated death itself three days later.
Merry Christmas to you and yours, and I pray that you accept the gift of salvation and that you share it with everyone that you can.
If you are not 100% sure that you’ll go to Heaven when you die, now is the time to repent and put your trust in Jesus Christ. If you have any questions or doubts about your salvation, click here to learn how you can be saved.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version.