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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Jesus Christ

On this marvelous and holy day I want to take a minute to share a link with you. The following excerpts are from the linked page...

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS; for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of God. He is our Redeemer. The Holy Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ's mother was Mary, His father on earth was Joseph, that He was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth, and labored with Joseph as a carpenter. When he turned 30, He began a three-year ministry of teaching, blessing, and healing the people of the Holy Land. He also organized His Church and gave His apostles "power and authority" (Luke 9:1) to assist in His work.
But what do we mean when we say He is the Savior of the world? The Redeemer? Each of these titles point to the truth that Jesus Christ is the only way by which we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. Jesus suffered and was crucified for the sins of the world, giving each of God’s children the gift of repentance and forgiveness. Only by His mercy and grace can anyone be saved. His subsequent resurrection prepared the way for every person to overcome physical death as well. These events are called the Atonement. In short, Jesus Christ saves us from sin and death. For that, he is very literally our Savior and Redeemer. In the future Jesus Christ will return to reign on earth in peace for a thousand years. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He will be our Lord forever.
This is a divine season and while the birth of Christ did not actually happen in December (historically the information we have available indicates he was born in the spring) it is still important to remember that Because of the Birth of Christ the Atonement of all mankind is possible. Christ died and was ressurected for every man, women and child to ever live...before or after him. He suffered for all mankind, Is the savior of all even those who do not know or recognize him. He fulfilled prophesy and he gave the greatest gift to the world, His life. So this Holiday season don't just dwell on his miraculous birth remember the gift he give all mankind freely and that is the ability to overcome death and return home. Every one gets it and none will be forbidden. 
There is a Children's song sung in our church and It is the most beautiful of songs....
How could the Father tell the world of love and tenderness?
He sent his Son, a newborn babe, with peace and holiness.
How could the Father show the world the pathway we should go?
He sent his Son to walk with men on earth, that we may know.
How could the Father tell the world of sacrifice, of death?
He sent his Son to die for us and rise with living breath.
What does the Father ask of us? What do the scriptures say?
Have faith, have hope, live like his Son, help others on their way.
What does he ask? Live like his Son.
Words: Mabel Jones Gabbott, b. 1910
Music: Michael Finlinson Moody, b. 1941
© 1982 by Mabel Jones Gabbott and Michael Finlinson Moody. Arr. © 1989 IRI
I leave this with you and that Is I know He lives, I know he loves each of everyone of us, and most important he knows what is in our life and he will help if we only ask. This holiday season and the months to come are a time to reflect and remember a glorious and amazing life. The life of one who would give everything for everyone even if they never know his name. I bare this witness that I Know he loves us and that he truly will take our burdens if we just have faith and as for his help.
I type these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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