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A Christmas Message.....Yes, it NEVER gets "old"!

posted Dec 1, 2018, 4:33 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Dec 1, 2018, 4:44 PM ]

Well the Christmas calendar season is upon us all; YES it is alright to say Merry Christmas this season of the year and actually all seasons of the year. (Though you might get a few weird stares)  For you see it is a season of HOPE, LOVE, JOY, PEACE throughout the whole year if we keep these things in our hearts and live them every day!

Jesus the Christ was born into this world to become the sacrificial (sin) lamb once and for all in this world to come!  Not one of us can ever in our wildest dreams do enough good works to our fellow earthlings (fellow man) that will ever come close to what Jesus bore on that Roman cross approximately 33 years later after that Christmas birth. For by works you are not saved!
Faith + works do not equal salvation.  Faith + nothing equal salvation PLUS “works” is the response for the simple love of God/Jesus my Savior.  The Holy Spirit nudges us to do good works for our fellow human beings all year long.

Jesus came into the world by a natural birth through Mary a young Hebrew Jewish girl who was favored by God as it was fore-told to her by Gabriel the messenger angel.
Born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, that he was, but He was born with all the earthly sounds & pains of birth that was described in Genesis 3:16 that God proclaimed to Eve.

In death on that Roman cross he also died feeling all the torment and agony of an earthly body.
But it is with anticipation of JOY we celebrate the Advent season and the Christ “mas” season throughout the year, acknowledging our Savior Jesus who was sent to this world for US here on Earth, for God so loved us, His creation so much more than any human being can ever realize, that we as human beings in our sinful nature, can we ever fully comprehend it.

So during this Advent and Christmastide season I ask all the world to take on the LOVE of CHRIST, our redeemer who paid the whole price for our SIN, past, present, and future.  Remember that JOY stands for Jesus (first), Others (second), Yourselves (third), so if we always put Jesus first, everything else falls into perspective.  For if we all take on the LOVE of CHRIST (JOY), I think that this world would be a far better place to live!
Pastor Jim