Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Christmas Gift

It is almost two thousand years since that night when the shepherds on the plains of Bethlehem received from the angel the announcement of Christ's birth, "Unto you is born this day a SAVIOR, which is Christ the Lord," Luke 2:11.  That One Whose birth was heralded by angels is the same One Who, thirty-three years later, hung on a cross at Calvary, taunted by men, dying in your guilty place, bearing the penalty for your sins.  It was His death, not His birth, that made atonement for sin; and He willingly gave His life in exchange for yours.  It is because of His death that God can offer the gift of eternal life.

Will this be another Christmas when, under the form of observing Christ's birthday, you will accept all gifts except that one which cost Him His life, and which, if still refused, will cost YOU the eternal loss of your soul?  Would you refuse from an earthly friend a gift which he had purchased for you with his son's life?  How, then, can you dare to contemplate the day when you must meet God, when you will have to explain why you refused His gift?  "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?" Hebrews 2:3. 

You will make this the happiest Christmas you've ever known if you will accept God's priceless gift by simply believing that when the Lord Jesus Christ died at Calvary it was in your place, for your sins.  THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH.  THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE.  You MUST choose one; and by refusing the gift of life you are choosing the wages of sin - DEATH

by Jim Melough

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