Christmas Debt

WOW!! Christmas is here! It has been a year filled with joys and challenges. As I look at the gifts under the tree, I think of how blessed we are! Though the bank account is low right now, there is food in the fridge, the lights are on, and we have heat. And the next payday is just a few days away. And we did the Christmas shopping without going into debt. No, this is not a message about money! This is Christmas! But I do want to talk about debt for a just a brief moment here. Do you know what the definition of debt is? A debt is something that you owe and cannot pay. We all owe a debt that we cannot pay, it is called the sin debt. We have all sinned and thereby owe God a debt that we cannot pay. Every year, I hang a nail on the Christmas tree, to remind me that is why Jesus left Heaven and came to earth, to pay that sin debt for you and me. It is nice and fun to talk about the shepherds and the baby in a manager, but that baby was born with a specific mission, and that was to die on the cross at Calvary. That was Jesus Christmas present to all who will accept the free gift of grace and gain salvation from their sins. He paid the price for sin that we all owe, Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished” the correct translation is “Paid in full”. So, if you have accepted that free gift of grace, you have one debt that is paid in full this Christmas. If you have not, now is the time! His return is imminent! We do not the hour, the day, the month or the year, but it is of urgency, that I ask of you, no Jesus Begs of you, to come to Him with a broken and contrite heart over the sin in your life. That you may know the joy of forgiveness, that you may know the peace that passes all understanding, that you may be filled with the Holy Spirit, and that the fruit of the Holy Spirit may become obvious in your life. That you can say, Jesus paid it in full, for me!
Now since this is a Christmas message, I urge you to read the Nativity Accounts in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Luke is more detailed and therefore a bit lengthy.
Those are the only two places in the Holy Bible the Nativity account is found. In Matthew, he starts with a genealogy of Jesus. Luke also contains the genealogy of Jesus in Luke 3:23-38. Again, I would like for you to read these accounts for yourselves. With that I wish you ,
A very merry and blessed Christ Mass!

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