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Merry Christmas!

We all know that there is a real reason for saying these words. We celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Although we do not know for certain that He was born on December 25th, we can use that date as a symbol of remembrance. It seems to me that unless we celebrate His birth, we cannot possibly receive the benefits of His death, burial and resurrection.
It is important to realize that He actually came to the earth, Immanuel, God with us. For you see, if He did not really come to the earth, if He did not really live a perfect life, if He did not really die for our sins, and if He did not actually rise from the dead, then we have nothing to believe in. We serve a Savior who did something no one else in all of history has done. He not only died, but He rose again, to a newness of life. He paid the price for our sins, but He also rejected the claims that death has over us. We read in 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;
but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
We have nothing other than pure praise that is appropriate during this time of the year. We can see in our verses above that God has accomplished victory over sin and death. I look at this and see that what I could never do, Jesus did for me. That is why it is said that He is the perfect gift. He came that we could have eternal life. Of that you can be sure. So once again…MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
In His service,
David Manley

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