Now that we are into the month of December, we see a lot of things around us that remind us of the Christmas season.  While it is enjoyable seeing all the lights and decorations, what I’d like to do in this web page article is to remind you of the real reason for the season.  In 2 Corinthians 9:15 we read, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” (NKJV)  Jesus Christ is God’s gift to us.  Mere words cannot describe what Christ accomplished on our behalf.  There are two thoughts I’d like to share with you regarding God’s gift to us in Christ.  First, Christ came to do what God the Father sent Him to do.  Philippians 2:5-8 shows us where Christ came from and why He came, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking on the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (NKJV)  Christ gave up the glory He had in heaven with God the Father, for a time.  He came to earth in our likeness for a very specific reason – to die on the cross.

Secondly, why did He do this?  1 Timothy 1:15 puts it very clearly for us, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” (NKJV)  In this age of grace, the purpose of Christ’s death on the cross was revealed to the Apostle Paul and passed on to us through the Bible.  Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.  That’s the real reason for the season – what Christ came to accomplish on behalf of mankind.  However, knowing that this is why Christ came is not enough.  Dear unsaved friend, you must believe that Christ died for your sins, that He was buried for your sins and that He rose again for your sins.  This is the message of Christmas that I want to share with you.  Christ came into the world to die FOR YOU!  Believe this gospel message in its simplicity and you will be saved.  In the verse above Paul considered himself to be the chief of sinners.  God saved him through believing the gospel and He will save you too, if you believe.

If you’d like to learn more about any of these things that I have briefly shared with you, why not visit us at Grace Memorial Church either on a Sunday morning, or a Wednesday afternoon.  We are following the requirements for social distancing and wearing of masks in order to be able to continue meeting together.  We would welcome you and look forward to having a wonderful time of fellowship around the Word of God together.

In His Grace,

Pastor Wes Barteck