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Topic: Christmas (04/25/05)
TITLE: Christmas = Thankfulness
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1989 would be my first Christmas with Jesus! I was so excited, more than when I was that girl oh so long ago who loved the excitement of the season. What would my first celebration for my Savior be like? Oh, yes, life was usual, hard, but inside I was so excited! I had a lot to be thankful for. I prayed the sinner’s prayer with my son a week after I did, which was seven days or so before Easter!
I went to see a live drama of the birth and death of Jesus! Oh how he loved me! How could I share that same kind of love back to Him. I couldn’t. But, one thing I could give to Him, other than my heart, was my thankfulness! To put a manger scene under my tree was so very special to me. Although I was being mentored and learning the truth of Christmas not really the birth of Jesus, but was a manmade holiday, to think that someone who loved me so much to leave a beautiful, heavenly realm with His Father, to live as I did and be tempted as I was, suffer the things I suffer, die on a cross for me, but more than that, come back to life for me, and never leave me was the most wonderful gift anyone could give a person!
Thankfulness and Christmas should go hand in hand. My life’s message: It doesn’t matter where you come from, or what you have done. Jesus Christ of Nazareth is still the same yesterday, today, and forever! He loves us regardless. Period! It is our choice with what we do with it. When we know the truth it sets us free, but for a fool, the cross is a message with no meaning. Those of us who celebrate the birth of our Redeemer do it with gladness of heart for we do not forget where we came from and what we came out of. That is thankfulness of our hearts.
Christmas is a time of great delight to us like when we were children except the real reason gets passed down to our children and grandchildren. Santa is a fantasy that was made up from a man’s life, that another man changed from truth. But, the realness of reality is: Jesus was born of a virgin and had favor with Kings because He was a King of Kings. We are all called kings and priests after the order of Melchezidek (type of Christ). We were created in His image and moving toward that perfect point! We have favor with the greatest King who ever lived and ever will be! He was, and is, and is to come! Once again, He will come and return for us. We will reign with Jesus forever! Christmas = Thankfulness! Are you on the Lord’s side today?
Do you celebrate Christmas the world’s way, or God’s way? If you don’t know how, repeat this simple prayer: Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God. I believe You died for me. Forgive me of my wrongs, my sins, and come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Amen.
If this is your first Christmas, 2005 with Jesus in your heart, ask Him to show you Him in this your new beginning! God bless you!
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