Shepherd Sayings December 21, 2017

Pastor Jack, Kosse Baptist Church

The chorus goes, “Christmas is coming, and the geese are getting fat.” I confess, a fat goose has never been high on my list of things that remind me of Christmas. What turns your thoughts to Christmas? The Bible tells us that “Jesus is the reason for the season”. John said, “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He (even) gave up His only-begotten Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16, Amplified Version) This verse is perhaps the best known, the most loved, and the easiest understood text in the Bible. In this verse, we learn about all we need to know about God and humans.

First, we learn that God loves people, cares about their needs and has given them to Jesus to help them find their way to His heaven. We love “because He (God) first loved us”. Paul says, “God shows his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) “God loves each of us as if there was only one of us to love,” said Augustine.

Bennett Cerf wrote about a child in an orphanage. She was shy, unattractive, ignored by the other children and considered a problem by the teachers. There was a rule that the director had to approve all mail. One afternoon, the child was seen placing an envelope in the branches of a tree that overhung the wall. The staff hurried to the tree and there, clearly visible in the branches, was a note. The director pounced on it and tore open the envelope. Then, without a word, she passed the note to her assistant. It read, “To anybody who finds this; I love you.” Folks, God loves all of us and His love isn’t turned off by our actions.

Secondly, we learn that all that is left for people to do is accept God’s offer of love in Jesus. Perhaps we need again to hear Jesus say:

“I gave my life for thee,
My precious blood I shed,
That thou might ransomed be,
And quickened from the dead;

I gave, I gave my life for thee
What hast thou given for me?
I gave, I gave my life for thee
What hast thou given for me?

Jesus is God’s Christmas gift to all people all over the world. All that people can do is receive Jesus as God’s personal “Gift of Grace and Love”.

Holy Father, help us to receive Him. Amen!

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