DECEMBER NUGGETS OF TRUTH
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THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!

Christmas is truly one of the most wonderful times of the year!  Music, festivities, fellowship, giving of gifts, decorations, and the joy of watching little children makes it such a special occasion.  It is a season of joy to many people. However, it can be a sad time for those who are lonely and experiencing difficulties.  

Please think with me, for a moment, on this scenario: If someone was giving a birthday party in your honor and many people attended bringing lovely gifts, wouldn’t you be waiting, with anticipation, until you could open each package?  Then, to your dismay, everyone began opening the gifts for themselves. Soon, all started to leave, thanking the hostess, without so much of an acknowledgment of you for whom the occasion was given in your honor.

Could it be that many people observe Christmas and forget the “Reason For The Season” in such a manner? How it must grieve the Heavenly Father who gave the most precious gift to all mankind, a gift that keeps on giving throughout all eternity.  God gave us the gift of His Only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Giver of Life.

The Advent of Christmas is a very special birthday event for the most deserving One ever to walk on the face of this earth.  However, He must often stand aside and watch so many people observing His day without even acknowledging Him as the One for whom it was named.

Jesus Christ, who would become King of Kings and Lord of Lords, was born in a humble, lowly circumstance. Although His coming was heralded with great songs of joy from the angels to the shepherds as well as lovely and expensive gifts from wise men, the Savior’s purpose was to become the Ultimate Gift. His gift was wrapped in red; by His very own blood.  It was the gift of salvation to sinful man, carrying the promise of everlasting life to all who would receive Him.  He was the only qualified Savior for the transgressions of the human race because of His sinless, perfect life.  Jesus went to Calvary; but the cross did not deter Him.  He was raised from the dead conquering death, hell, and the grave. 

Not one person, born into this world, deserves such lovingkindness and mercy, yet Jesus freely gave so that we might be redeemed and set free from all that binds us.  This gift cannot be bought with silver or gold. It came as a price to God, but to us came mercy, grace, love and peace.  Surely, we should be shouting “halleluia!”  

 “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15

On December 26, the festivities are over.  It is time to put away all the lights and decorations until next Christmas rolls around. However, the good news is that “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is today.  Yesterday is past and tomorrow is the future, unknown.  Because of a Savior who gave each of us a priceless gift of love, we can truly walk in all the provisions of His Holy Word and Spirit to have an abundant life and victory - every day.  

God has freely given.  We choose to receive.  He has given us the opportunity to make every day the most wonderful time of the year, or sadly, we are given the free will to go our own way, do our own thing, and be totally non-committed about obedience to who created us.

My question would be: Why would anyone want to neglect such a great salvation?  What can the world possibly give us that would match the wonders of daily communing with the God of the Universe and following the leadership of His precious Spirit - all because of a free gift that not only benefits us each day on this earth, but the reward of sharing Eternity in God’s presence.  As surely as the Shepherd saw a great light announcing his birth, that same light can shine in our hearts to guide those dark days in this turbulent world!

The alternative is Hell, by our own choice. Surely, I do not want any loved one to experience such separation. If that thought grieves me, how much more does it grieve God?

Time is short.  There is an urgency in my heart today.  My Friend, do you really know my Jesus? If not, please stop and invite Him into your heart today and be willing to surrender all to His leadership.  You will never, ever regret receiving such an unspeakable, wonderful gift of peace.  Truly, today can be the most wonderful day of your life. 

Dear Friends, have a wonderful, blessed Christmas and remember: You are loved with an awesome and mighty love.

Thank you for taking time to read.  If you have made a decision, please email me at janlowens@verizon.net.

May the Lord richly bless you.

Jan