God, Christmas, and Jesus Christ
by Michael Carey
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The things of this world must not be allowed to come between the hope we have for eternal life with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We sometimes allow our thoughts to stray to the worldly things around us when we need to be growing closer to God. Spend time in His living Word, The Holy Bible. Through out the New Testament Christs' love for us is shown and offered to all who obey His commandments.
It is said that no greater love has a man than to lay down his life for his friends. That is exactly what Jesus Christ did for us. Christ died on that old cross suffering greatly. We can not imaging what He was feeling while He was there on the cross. People persecuting Him, spitting on Him. He paid the ultimate price for us. Bearing all of our sins and cleansing us through His blood. Christ also arose from the dead achieving victory over death. Now we will never have to feel the sting of death ever again.
This Christmas let us remember the birth of Christ. This is what Christmas is supposed to be for. If it were not for Him we would have no hope of salvation. Just imaging Christ being born and God walking around with us on this earth. For those who believed back then it must have been a glorious experience.
There are those today that still are persecuted for believing on Jesus Christ. But Jesus told us in John 15:20: "Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also." And John 16:33: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
This is a good time to share with those that have not heard of or would like to know more about Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Send some time talking with others. With this being the Christmas season it will not be hard to bring Jesus Christ into the conversation. Then put it before God in prayer and leave the rest up to Him. He is a awesome God. The one and only.
May God richly bless you all during this celebration of Christs' birth and for the new year that is right before us. Keep On Keeping On
1: And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5: Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6: And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
11: Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12: That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14: For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15: Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16: And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18: For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19: Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20: And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21: In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
1 John 3:1-24
1: Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3: And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
4: Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5: And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6: Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7: Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8: He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9: Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
10: In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11: For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
12: Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
13: Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14: We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15: Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16: Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17: But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18: My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19: And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20: For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21: Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
22: And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23: And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
24: And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
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Just keep on keeping on, Michael. You have vision, and I like that. It is not the quality of your writing that really counts, but the substance of it - and there is plenty of substance here. Plenty of God's word too, which is bound to touch someone.
Of course, these are eternal and valid truths. I would suggest though that you could say with emotion what Jesus means to you personally. I got the sense, for one, that you are aspiring to write and "kudos" for that. (Don't know if I should applaud your courage, or lament your lunacy). Secondly, you seemed a little unsure and it came across in your writing, now, I'm not picking on you; I understand that writing is like going out on a limb and handing your readers a chainsaw, I understand. It's just that you said the things that thousands of other writers are saying this time of year and I have to wonder why that creative writer you see in the mirror has been sidelined? We know the Christmas story and the Advent of the Reason for the Season, we've heard it for years and are counting on young writers to "show us old dogs" some new tricks. If you will.
My reason for writing this was to try and reemphasise the meaning of Christmas. I am also hoping that someone other than "old dogs" would read this and get something out of it. I am not saying that I do not appreciate the criticism, I am very grateful that you would take the time to do it and I need a lot more of it. I kind of have something else in mind leading me in my writing. I would like to reach those in other countries that have not heard of Christ or who do not believe in Him. These articles are coming off of my blog after I write them there. I have a translation tool on the top of my blog that I am hoping will help others like those I am trying to reach. I may be wasting my time, I don't know. I do know that any of Gods' word that is put out there does not go out without bringing forth fruit. I do need a lot of help with my writing skills. At this point I do not have any.