Merry Christmas! I hope that you are all able to spend time with your loved ones during these upcoming days. Part of the joy of Christmas is spending time with those we love. While we celebrate with our friends and family, it’s the perfect time to remember all of the things God has blessed us with. Family. Loved ones. Clean Water. Food. Shelter. Safety. The Internet (WiFi, amirite? 😀 ). As well as many other things. Most importantly, we should remember the incredible LOVE God has for us. (Jeremiah 29:11, for reference) Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
“What, then, does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.” — that is, the word about trust which we proclaim, namely, that if you acknowledge publicly with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord and trust in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be delivered…That means that there is no difference between Jew and Gentile — Adonai is the same for everyone, rich toward everyone who calls on him, since everyone who calls on the name of Adonai will be delivered.”
Romans (Rom) 10:8-9, 12-13 CJB
If you’re new to this information, here’s the short version:
Because of His incredible love for us, God sent his only Son so we can have the gift of eternal life. To save us from the spiritual consequences our sins, Jesus willingly gave His life for us on the cross and was brought back to life by God three days later. Because of this, when we call on Him – trusting and believing in who He is, what He has done, is doing and will do – we can have and enjoy His true salvation and live eternal life with Him forever in heaven (Romans 10:13, John 3:16). He is alive now and forevermore and is with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9). If you’ve never believed before and you do now, believe He hears you and loves you very much! He loves all of us and all of His children. Through Christ, we get to enjoy eternal life forever with God!♥
The italicized parts of the passage above come from the Complete Jewish Bible and explain everything very clearly. For more reading on His birth and Life, I suggest you start with one of the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Luke has good coverage of the happenings regarding His birth.
Additionally, this is a fantastic time to be with your families and truly enjoy the wonderful life He has blessed us with! To me, this year feels different from Christmases before, and while I’m not sure why, I know that even when we’re unsure of the future and what to expect in the coming year, we can always focus on the One who never, EVER leaves our side.
‘Haven’t I ordered you, ‘Be strong, be bold’? So don’t be afraid or downhearted, because Adonai your God is with you wherever you go.”’
Y’hoshua (Jos) 1:9 CJB
Some of us celebrate differently than others, and unfortunately not everyone has family or friends to share these next few days with. Remember, you are NOT loved less by God because of situations, hardships or anything else at all (Romans 8:37-39). All are equal in His sight! With this in mind, let’s spread LOVE this Christmas. Pray for those who need it (we all can use the help!), share a kind word, food, blankets, etc with someone who can use it, and keep your chin up. YOU ARE LOVED!
“37 No, in all these things we are superconquerors, through the one who has loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers, neither what exists nor what is coming, 39 neither powers above nor powers below, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God which comes to us through the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.”
So, as we celebrate the birth of our One and Only True Lord and Savior; the Lord Jesus Christ, and enjoy this wonderful day with our families, friends, and loved ones, let’s remember what’s truly important in this life!
“8 More than anything, keep loving each other actively; because love covers many sins.”
1 Peter 4:8
“Above all these, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together perfectly; and let the shalom which comes from the Messiah be your heart’s decision-maker, for this is why you were called to be part of a single Body. And be thankful —”
Colossians (Col) 3:14-15 CJB
So, let’s go forward with this new year in confidence!
Serving God. ❤ Loving Others.❤ Standing Strong. ❤Loving❤
*”Stand firm, and you will win life.”*
Luke 21:19 NIV
Go forward! Be Strong. God bless ♥
Complete Jewish Bible
** I apologize for any spelling or formating errors, I was having a little trouble with the U.I. today. **