The Essence / Substance of Christmas
Christmas, “the holidays”, is commonly perceived as gift-giving time. This is simply a humble exhortation for us all to remember the real essence and the substance of Christmas time. Regardless of its origins, it is a time in which the world commemorates the birth of / physical arrival of The only Savior of the world, into the world. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
Why did The Lord JESUS CHRIST come? To mercifully stand in the place of many, saving them from the righteous wrath of GOD for their sins, thereby justifying, sanctifying and reconciling them back unto Himself / GOD.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of GOD;” – Rom 3:23
“For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of GOD [is] eternal life through JESUS CHRIST our Lord.” – Rom 6:23
So then, the greatest gift from GOD to mankind is the gift of salvation through HIMSELF, in The person of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, “For God so loved the world, 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
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” – 2 Cor 9:15
So, this season, and at all times, by HIS grace alone, let us “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:” – Isa 55:6; remaining fervently in the holy, true, living (Heb 4:12) word of GOD – “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of GOD.” – Rom 10:17
May GOD bless you all.