Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. (2 Corinthians 9:15 KJV)
In this message, I'm not going to share traditional Christmas message or speculation of behind this holiday. Some of us may know that Christian holidays arrived from the paganism through Roman Catholicism. If you like to know more in-depth to Christian holidays, you can visit my web page at www.mgjcweb.org and click Holiday link.
What do you thank God for? Paul began to address how God is able to make all grace abound toward each of us (2 Corinthians 9:8). As we are celebrating this Christmas season, we need to remind ourselves the greatest gift that God gave us is His love for the world. Romans 5:8 says, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." There are no other gods who have faced a such suffering as Jesus did. Acts 4:10-12 declares, "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
John 3:16 tells us that God so loves the world that He brought His Son to the world, so that we may believe in Him to have everlasting life. We could follow other religions, such as Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, or Jehovah Witness, but they may not satisfy us. All these religions require our works to satisfy our spiritual beings. James 2:17-18 says, "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." Even though Mother Teresa showed many good works before her death, did she have a strong relationship with Jesus Christ? The teaching of Catholicism is by works to get for the person to get to the kingdom of God, which it constricts with the Bible. We can't earn to enter to God's kingdom by doing good works. Over 2000 years ago, God's Son, Jesus, came to the earth to die for our sins. Even we had so many debts in our credit cards, for example, somebody was willing to pay all of our debts without penalty.
Although Jesus didn't born on December 25th, God gave each of us precious gifts for us to glorify Him. It is important how we use it.