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Praise God From Whom All blessing's Flow!
Tomorrow morning, December 25, we will be celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please let us keep in mind the real reason for the celebration, it is not your birthday. Dr. H.B. Charles, Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church of Jacksonville stated: The Christmas season reminds us of the importance of family. It encourages us to give to others. And it invokes a sense of celebration. These are good things. But the materialistic culture we live in has taken advantage of these good things and shifted the focus away from Christ.
We who follow Christ are not immune to this corruption. It is easy, dare I say even natural, for us to be squeezed into the mold of the world's false value system during Christmas. But we must resist this temptation and do whatever it takes to remember Christ.
Christmas is about the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ. God created humankind to glorify him and to enjoy him forever. But Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God to live on their own terms. The Bible calls this sin. Every person born after the Fall comes into the world with a sin nature that is prone to rebellion against God. Our spiritual rebellion puts us on a collision course with divine and eternal judgment.
But God, who is characterized by holy-love, chose to redeem us. The Father carried out this redemptive plan by becoming one of us. God sent his Son into the world to live a perfect life that we could never life and to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.
So my brothers and my sisters, enjoying celebrating Jesus, and remember why you are doing it! The greatest gift that we could have ever received, was given to us at the birth and incarnation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Because of Calvary,
Rev. Dr. Earl F. Jackson