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Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas: A Time For Reconcilation

 May I tell you a story?

Long, long ago, God decided to make man in His own image and likeness. Then He brought a woman to the man and told them to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth. The man and woman were very happy, living in the garden that God had prepared for them and playing with the animals.

Then one day, Satan entered the garden in the form of a serpent and tempted the woman to eat of the fruit that God had commanded them not to eat.   The woman succumbed to the temptation and ate the fruit. She liked the taste and convinced her husband to eat of it also. From that moment, the union between God and man was broken. Sin, sickness and death entered the world and the world became corrupt.

God was not happy. He loved His children and wanted them to be close to Him always. But God knew this day would come and He’d already catered for it. He would send His only begotten Son Jesus Christ into the world to reconcile us back to Him.

And that's the story of Christmas.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3: 16

But Jesus didn't come to earth just to reconcile us back to God. He also came to reconcile us to each other.

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.Colossians 1: 19 - 20 

Jesus lived and died here on earth that we might be reconciled to each other - Jews and Gentiles, rich and poor, black and white. 
Christmas is a time for miracles. Jesus’s birth was a miracle, as was His life and death. If you have been separated from a close family member, it doesn’t matter how long, why not let the Christ of Christmas who came into this world to reconcile us back to God and to each other help you to reconcile with your loved ones?

Miracles do come through.

Have a merry Christmas.

Are you looking for creative ways to share the Christmas story with your children or grandchildren? Here are some suggestions from a previous post that will make it easy and fun.