This Christmas Day, you have 5 Perfect Reasons to Celebrate and be Thankful (Based on John 3:16)
P.S. Mae's outfit was chosen before I received the revelation that Santa Claus is so diabolical that he represents Satan himself. Read my newer blog post that interestingly reveals how Santa Claus stole the true meaning of Christmas.
Blessed Christmas to you! Let’s all get on the same page: Jesus is the reason for the season.
I love that Christmas reminds everyone about Jesus and songs about Jesus are even played in malls - it’s amazing!
How is your Christmas season going? With this post, I want to remind you that you have lots of reasons to celebrate and be thankful this Christmas!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV)
The verse above is quoted so often and I believe there’s a reason for that - it gives people so much hope.
Everyone wants to live forever and to some extent, everyone has a fear of themselves or their loved ones dying, whether it be in the form of injury, sickness, aging, etc.
There is so much joy to be found in John 3:16, let me share some of the nuggets with you:
1) God loves you so much.
Isn’t it so awesome that the verse says that God SO loves the world (which includes you)?
It doesn’t say that He’s angry at the world or wants to judge or punish us.
God’s love is not like the conditional love between people in this world.
His love is unconditional - He proved it: while we were still sinners who didn’t regard Him at all, He sent His Son to save us!
This type of love cannot be found in this world, it can only be from the source: Love Himself!
You can celebrate and be thankful this Christmas Day because God is not out to get you, but He is on your side and loves you very very much!
Read More about God's Love: Becoming the Disciple Whom Jesus Loves.
2) God didn’t hold back from giving you Jesus Who is the only One who can save us from our sins.
As a father of a 22 month old daughter, I can understand how sad and painful it is to see my child suffer.
When my daughter Maeleth was sick and couldn’t breathe well, she was coughing, crying and totally uncomfortable and there was nothing I could do to stop it in that instant.
Imagine how much our Heavenly Father suffered when He witnessed Jesus His precious only begotten Son suffer on the way to the cross and on the cross.
God Who is perfect love must have been in agony seeing that happen.
Yet knowing full well what Jesus would go through, He still decided to give up His Son so that we may live.
If God withheld His Son, we would have no chance at eternal life and would all be condemned to eternal suffering in the lake of fire.
This Christmas Day, you can celebrate and be thankful because God gave us Jesus (and isn’t He the best Gift of all?)
3) Salvation is a gift that’s easy to receive - you just need to believe in Jesus.
I’m so glad that salvation is not earned by our works if not I would have absolutely no shot at it.
Jesus said that even a sinful thought is equivalent to adultery or murder - so no one can fulfill the high standard of the Ten Commandments except for Jesus Himself.
I love receiving gifts for Christmas. It’s exciting and I know that when I get a gift, I don’t have to pay for it - It’s understood.
I just say “thank you!” and the more sincere and happy I am with receiving the gift, the more satisfaction the giver gets.
The same goes with salvation: it’s God’s gift of love for us, painstakingly-purchased with His own shed blood.
You and I can receive it easily just by believing in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
God is the happiest when we receive His gift of Jesus with a heart full of gratitude and appreciation!
You can celebrate and be thankful this Christmas Day because salvation is already yours if you’ve simply believed in Jesus as your Lord and Savior!
If you have never done so, you can pray the salvation prayer here to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior!
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4) You will never be condemned to hell or the lake of fire.
Have you ever stood near a burning flame and felt the intensity of its heat?
Or have you ever been burnt before and experience that shock and pain shooting through your body?
If we in our mortal, fallen bodies can experience such sensations, can you imagine how intense the pain and suffering we would feel in our spirit forms after death?
The fires of hell and the lake of fire are never quenched and the worms there never die.
How terrible would it be to spend eternity in such a literally God-forsaken place of punishment?
Thank God that He has promised that once we believe in Jesus, we have passed from death into life and will never be condemned to hell.
Praise Jesus that He promised we would never fall out of His hand, and that we will always be kept safe in the secret place of the Most High -
we will only see the reward of the wicked from a safe distance, and never experience it ourselves.
This Christmas Day, you can celebrate and be thankful because you will never find yourself in hell or the lake of fire.
Read last year's Christmas service sermon notes: Al-Tirah: Living a Fear-Free Life.
5) You have eternal life and there’s a glorious future ahead for you!
In this world so many people are afraid of growing old and eventually dying.
The rich invest in research and technology to find the secrets to longevity, eternal youth and everlasting life.
They capitalize on people’s fears to market nutritional and skincare products which promise to solve everyone’s fears.
Actually there is a way to gain restoration of youth and eternal life without you having to pay a single cent for it because Jesus has already paid-in-full at the cross!
Simply by putting your faith in Jesus, your youth can be renewed like the eagles and your flesh can become fresher than a child’s. It’s promised in God’s word!
Just by trusting in Him, you can immediately possess eternal life and know with confidence that you will be experiencing endless joy and peace with Jesus in heaven after journeying through this world.
This Christmas Day, you can celebrate and be thankful because you already have eternal life and you can look forward to a glorious future ahead of you in this world, and in the next!
Is your heart bursting with thankfulness and full of the joy of Christmas now?
Do you feel like celebrating because you know the true meaning of Christmas Day?
That’s great because I know I will enjoy this day too with my family. Let's keep spreading God's love all around!
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