December 18, 2008

The Reason for the Season

Awareness Ribbon
I've chosen a white ribbon for this month because the fifth candle in an advent wreath is white - the Christ candle. Christ is what Christmas is about for me and my family.

The reason we celebrate Christmas and give gifts is to help us remember the greatest gift of all. That gift was a baby. But not just any baby. This baby was God's only Son. God sent Him to earth to pay the penalty for our sins.

Why must we pay a penalty for our sin, you might ask? Because God is perfect, and sin cannot exist in His presence. The penalty for sin is death. But, God wants to have a relationship with us. He wants us to be His sons and daughters. So, He sent His Son - the one perfect sacrifice to die for our sins, so that we could experience eternal life. You see, Jesus didn't simply die for our sins; he returned to life three days later, proving that He has power over death. Now He wants to give us the gift of eternal life.

How is the promise of eternal life obtained? It's simple. Turn from your sinful ways, 'believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.' (Acts 16:30-31) 'For God so loved the world, that He sent His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.' (John 3:16)
To learn more about God's gift of salvation, visit this site.

God bless you this Christmas season,


Sarah Jane said...

Hope you had a very happy Christmas!

An excellent presentation of the wonderful gospel of Christ. . .what a marvelous gift He has given us!

Sarah said...

My family had a nice, quiet Christmas. Hope you had a joyful day!

A marvelous gift indeed! I am frequently amazed by it, but even more so at Christmas. :)