Monday, December 17, 2012

Sweet Baby Jesus

Babies are precious. 

Women who have carried and given birth to a child—as well as men and children who witness this process—are amazed at this miracle of life. Christ is peacefully resting in my illustration below. He is the same as any other human baby in some ways, yet He is entirely different.
  • He is the Son of God who came miraculously through a virgin birth!
  • He is both God and man
  • He is the reason we celebrate Christmas
  • He is one part of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)
  • He performed miracles 
  • He loves us even though we are sinners
  • He lived a sinless life and gave it up for us, paying the penalty for our sins
  • By His suffering, death and resurrection, He blots out sins of repentant people
  • He “totally gets” the things in our lives
  • He understands our
    • pain
    • fears
    • grief
    • sorrow
    • difficulties 
    • broken hearts
    • misery
    • hopes
    • joys
    • celebrations
God the Holy Spirit comes to us when we absorb the water of baptism and the Word of God—we are given the free gift of faith. We mature and grow a deeper faith when we regularly hear the Word in church and study it at home. As people of faith, through what we learn in the Bible, we see:
  • our sin
  • our guilt
  • our mortality
  • our need for a Savior
  • our need to tell others, “I’m sorry.”
  • our need to repent sins to God
  • the fresh comfort we receive through forgiveness
  • the peace we receive by forgiving others
  • our need and desire to improve
  • our need to keep hearing and studying the Word to help us trust Him completely
  • the reason to pray, praise and give thanks
  • the love of Christ (unselfishness) 
  • the hope, forgiveness, comfort and strength He offers 
  • the only way to heaven 
Someday our life as we know it in this world will be over. What we truly want is a Savior, and while we wait for Him, we fill ourselves with His Word. We look forward to joining with Him and all believers in eternity, a place with no pain and no sorrow—heaven—where we will see Jesus face to face.

Thankful for the gift of faith, grace and life eternal, Christians want to share the Good News with others and encourage them.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
Christmas Inspirations Postcard Number One ©Elizabeth B. Knaus
The Savior Has Come
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