Christmas – the celebration of the birth of Jesus our Saviour

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There are several days on the Christian calendar that are important days of celebration.

Good Friday where Jesus took upon Himself all our sins.

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8 NIV)

“and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father – to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.” (Revelation 1:5-6 NIV)

Resurrection Sunday, where Jesus proved to the world that He was indeed the Son of God and where, by virtue of His resurrection, He was Lord and Master – even over death. And that by His resurrection we too can be assured of our resurrection.

“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11 NIV)

“But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when He comes back. After that the end will come, when He will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power.” (1 Corinthians 15:23-24 NLT)

“For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:56-57 NLT)

Pentecost, where the power of the Holy Spirit was poured out on those who are disciples of Jesus.

Holy Spirit power to do the works that Jesus Himself did and to fulfil the Great Commission.

“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as My Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” (Luke 24:49 NLT)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be My witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NLT)

And Christmas Day, where we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

God’s Son, coming into this world in human form.

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12 NIV)

Jesus was born taking on human form and teaching us how to live our lives the way God intended.

Without His birth there would be no Good Friday, no Resurrection Sunday, and no Holy Spirit power enabling us to do all that God intended.

And without all of that there would be no salvation available to us who accept Jesus as our Saviour:

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’.” (John 14:6 NIV)

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among people by which we must be saved [for God has provided the world no alternative for salvation].” (Acts 4:12 AMP)

The actual calendar date that we celebrate the birth of Jesus is not as important as the fact that we celebrate the birth of Jesus in our hearts and lives.

In other words that we live according to His teachings and commandments and show forth His love and mercy to all human-kind.

Remember, “Jesus is the reason for the season”, not santa, presents or anything else.

Merry Christmas to all ❤️ ✝️

 

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