Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Why We Celebrate Christmas
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. It is getting close to Christmas! Are you getting excited? I bet the kids are. Let me ask you a question. Why do we celebrate Christmas? (No, I am not about to harp about Jesus not being born this time of year). Why do we celebrate Christmas?
Grace to you.
"For God so loved the word, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:16-17).
"For God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
The birth of Christ points to the cross and to the resurrection of the Christ. Romans 1:3-4 tells us, "Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared
Romans 4:5 says, "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." He justifies (declares to be righteous) him who believes.
2 Peter 3:9 tells us, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
Truly, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:" (Isaiah 9:6).
Thank You, Holy Father. Thank You, Lord Jesus. We in the world, we the whoever, we who were yet sinners, we the ungodly You have declared righteous. We, the any and the all, thank You and praise You. Amen.
power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead." He was made of the seed of David (He was born) and declared to be what He has always been, the Son of God through the resurrection from the dead.
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