19
Dec
07

Christ–The Peacegiver of Christmas

I am a testimony personified, regarding the redemptive power of Christianity. Call it mystical, call it psychological, call it mularky–I’m here to say, that Christianity is real, and in the my opinion the only true religion. This is not to say that other religions do not have good and true things to say–but they cannot make me right with God.

There is the Me, that I was before I was a Christian, and there is the Me after, though the Me after still evolves. I was, before, a liar, thief, miscreant, a disorganized and incorrigible child. The day after my conversion, I remember sitting in English class, taking a spelling test in High School. I had never felt as I felt then, never experienced that kind of peace–never before or since I suppose.

There have been ups and downs. But unlike any artificial remedy and religion created in the minds of men– my belief and hope rests in this and this alone: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasing life.” John 3:16. That’s all I have folks. I don’t have my righteousness; I’ve probably broken virually every commandment in one fashion or another. Murder? Yes. Jesus stated that whoever calls his brother a fool commits murder with his mouth.

Non-believers should read the bible and they should remember context. How much of it is merely meant to point out our weakness and our need for Christ. How the peak of the bible story is the death of Christ and his ressurection– a crescendo that shows us our faults–and then points to a saviour, one who will take our faults and make us what we need to be.

Christianity–despite the falsehoods believed by those who hate it–is not about YOU. It does not say that you must be better, or be thrown to perdition. It states that you CANNOT be good enough for God, but here, right here, “…as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have eternal life. And: “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

So, it’s Christmas. I want you to remember the words of God’s angel, spoken to Mary and Joseph, with Jesus sleeping in a stable manger somewhere in Bethlehem. The words were not: “From now on, all people will have more rules to follow, more commandments and laws to keep them from judgement!” No, the words were these: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord…Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:10-11.

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