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The scriptures tell us the following:

Luk 2:1-7 ESV In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. (2) This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. (3) And all went to be registered, each to his own town. (4) And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, (5) to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. (6) And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. (7) And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

This birth was foretold in the Older Testament by the prophet Micah: Mic 5:2 ESV But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
We celebrate this birth on the 25th of December each year. This date is disputed by many “scholars” but it has a long history so it will stay on this date, not because it makes any difference but because it is “tradition” and that is more important in some ways today than truth. The real truth however is in the prophecy by Micah. If Jesus was not born in Bethlehem, then the Messiah has not yet been born, and we Christians and Messianic Jewish brethren are living a lie. However Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but even so, that birth would have meant nothing if not for the most important action in all of history short of creation itself. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary. He died to pay the price for sin for all mankind, you see God really does love his creation, he set all this in motion and mankind messed it up.

It took a man who lived a completely sinless life, to give his life in order to end the need for men to come to sacrifice animals for temporary forgiveness of their sins. Only a perfect sacrifice could satisfy the penalty for sin, and only our willingness to admit to the truth of our sinfulness, accepting that death in our place and then beginning a new life in Christ. The Apostle Paul gives us a clear message in regard to this.

Rom 10:9-13 ESV because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (11) For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” (12) For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. (13) For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

So there is the greatest gift that you could receive on this Christmas and that is salvation and eternal life in the presence of God. All you need do is accept the gift, confess your sin, and confess that Jesus is Lord. It does not matter who you are or where you are from, God is no respecter of persons. All are welcome to come and become a part of the Kingdom, a part of the family of God.

So it is my hope that if you do not yet know Jesus Christ, you will at least investigate what the scriptures have to say about him, and further to come to know him as your savior, Lord and brother.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a future bright in Christ.

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Pastor and Wife

John & Yvonne Quigley, John is a retired Pastor in the UMC. This blog is about the journey I am on with Christ.