Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas to All!

By George W. Sarris

We sometimes overlook the message that is at the heart of Christianity. 

Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world! 

The angel who appeared to the shepherds on that glorious night to announce the birth of the promised Savior did not say, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for some of the people”  . . . or even . . . “for most of the people.”

The angel said, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

That’s why it’s good news.  That’s why it’s good news of great joy!  That’s why a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest . . . and on earth peace, good will toward men!”

That message is confirmed by the best-known verse in the Bible.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son . . . “

It was made clear by John the Baptist when he revealed who Jesus was.  “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

In His prayer in the Upper Room just before His crucifixion, Jesus said God had given Him authority over everyone . . . so that He could give eternal life to everyone God had given Him.

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul said that God wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.  This will happen because Christ Jesus “gave Himself as a ransom for all people.”  

Paul further explained that we’ve put our hope in the living God “who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.”

And John told his readers that Christ “is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

The message at the heart of Christianity is that Jesus Christ came to redeem all mankind! 

Merry Christmas to All!

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