And So This is Christmas…..

I am taking liberties here and publishing something my brother wrote last week.
I am quite sure he would want to share it with you all too.
He is a wonderful, loving, God-fearing, amazing Christian!
Be as blessed as I was receiving this:
Written by Ed
Christmas is a time for children and adults to believe, and for most of us; a time of joy and giving.  There are wonderful stories and sweet myths attached to the occasion, but as with most things, there is a purpose and a truth.
Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.  He came, not to sing carols, hang stockings on a hearth or to roast chestnuts over an open fire, but, to die for our sins.
I love Christmas.  I have wonderful memories from my childhood and many more precious memories of wife and children on Christmas morning.  These fill my heart and mind, not just in December, but throughout the year.  Yet, it is the message that, God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ, the child born of the Virgin and laid in a manger, died for us.  God sent His Son to deliver us from our sin.
The angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to men of good will”.  Sinful man found peace though the Prince of Peace, the Lord and the Redeemer.
This is Christmas,  “… He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities.  The chastisement that brought us peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed.”
This is Christmas, “…for the joy that was set before Him He endured the cross, despising the shame….”
Let us prayerfully, yet purposefully as a declaration of faith, say, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save me!”
Remember Paul’s exhortation to the jailer.  “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved; you and your household.”
My family and I will celebrate this December 25th, because the message of Christmas really is for the whole family and all who believe, not in wonderful stories and sweet myths, but, in Jesus.
Have a merry and a blessed Christmas.
Ed

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