24th-25th December

Christmas Edition

The Undeserved but Received Gift

And she will have a Son and you are to name him Jesus, for He will save people from their sins.

Matthew 1:23

Jesus’ primary purpose in coming to this earth to be born, was to save people from their sins by giving up His life for ours. The Angel of God spoke these words (in today’s key verse) to Joseph when he was re-assuring him that the Holy Spirit had given Mary a child. He said, that in and through Jesus, people will be saved from their sins.

This means US. Jesus came to save US from our sins. He came to save those who have lived before us and those who will live after us. His sacrifice was and is eternal. Jesus’ life was the greatest gift that was ever given to mankind. Christmas is a great reminder of this gift. When we give and receive presents, we too can remember the gift that was given to Mary, Joseph and to all humanity, JESUS Christ, the Saviour of the world. This Christmas, remember the undeserved gift we have freely received.

The real message of Christmas is not the gifts that we give to each other. Rather, it is a reminder of the gift that God has given to each of us. It is the only gift that truly keeps on giving.”

Greg Laurie

Merry Christmas

25th December

but the angel re-assured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Saviour – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”

Luke 2:10-11

Rejoice, it is Christmas day. A time to celebrate the goodness of all life has to offer. A time to let go of hurts, forgive and be reconciled to loved ones. A time to eat, drink and be merry. A time to give to those who are less fortunate. But also a time to remember those who don’t have, who live in poverty, without homes, without warmth or clean water. To remember those who are living through war and disease and those battling with loneliness.

Today, as we celebrate Christmas across the world, let us rejoice in the good news that Jesus was born and that through Him we can find peace in war-torn societies, shelter from life’s hardships, Spiritual wealth, healing, both physically and spiritually, and an identity and belonging in Christ.

Today, may you know the warmth of Jesus’ love, the acceptance of a Saviour and the joy that His birth brings. For it is in Jesus that our hope is found. Remember those who don’t have in your prayers and actions. Be blessed. Merry Christmas.