Merry Christmas!

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:8-14

I want to wish my readers a very Merry Christmas!  Remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.  We celebrate this holy-day because of the birth of the Savior of the world.  Happy Birthday, Jesus!  God made flesh, coming into the world as a baby, choosing to limit himself so that he could understand our troubles in this life.  He came knowing that his life would ultimately end in a violent death on a cross for the salvation of mankind.  The only perfect sacrifice.  After he died and he rose again, he returned to Heaven to sprinkle his own blood on God’s altar, thus completing the necessary blood sacrifice once and for all.  You can receive God’s forgiveness.  It’ as simple as A-B-C

A. Admit you are a sinner.
“There is no one righteous, not even one…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 3:10,23. (also see Romans 5:8; 6:23.)

Ask God’s forgiveness.
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  Romans 10:13

B. Believe in Jesus
(put your trust in Him) as your only hope of salvation.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (see John 14:6.)

Become a child of God by receiving Christ.
“To all who receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 (see Revelation 3:20.)

C. Confess that Jesus is your Lord.
“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9-10


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