. . . Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. (Matthew 2:2 KJV)
Everything changed when JESUS - The HOPE of the world came.
"Why do we celebrate Christmas?" the little boy asked his mother while they were shopping during the season. With a glow on her face and smile of HOPE, she responded. "My little pumpkin, we celebrate Christmas simply because JESUS came to this earth as a baby boy to accomplish something none of us could even dream of doing. He came to die for the sins of the world. We shop for gifts and give to others, as a token of our love, and a reminder that JESUS, the greatest gift was given to us around this time."
I like the little part that she added. The little boy's excited mother ended, "Because Jesus Came - Hope Came Too. That means we have an opportunity to say sorry for our sins and let Jesus forgive us and change our lives for ever, but the choice is ours."
The statement made me smile. I think mommy did a great job at simplifying the reason for the season.
From the moment God put man upon this earth, he gave us something called FREE-WILL and CHOICE. The sad part about it, is that we 'messed-up bad - ALL OF US - NONE EXCLUDED.'
Due to our serious and sinful mistakes, God decided to send his Son to earth as a babe to pay the penalty for sin ONCE FOR ALL. The yearly sacrifice of unblemished lambs and bullocks couldn't do it any more, so Jesus was sent to earth by his Father, through the Virgin Mary to bring a NEW HOPE.
The thing is, we must decide to accept this NEW HOPE or reject it. Accepting the HOPE that Jesus offers will yield eternal life in heaven at the end of our walk on earth. Doing contrary and rejecting Jesus' HOPE will result in our soul's damnation.
Once we accept Jesus' HOPE, we are promised that we will be constantly WATCHED OVER and our prayers of FAITH and NEED will not go unanswered. (The eyes of the Lord are on the Righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayers. 1 Peter 3:12 )
Just as wise men searched to find this WORLD CHANGER in Matthew 2:2, so too, you must search until you find Jesus - The World Changer, Life Giver and Hope of this world and invite him into your heart. You are not beyond hope. You are not worst that anyone else. The fact is, JESUS is not far - He's just a prayer away.
This Christmas Day - 2011, please recognize that WHEN HOPE CAME, God had you on his mind and never wanted to see you suffer on earth and still die and go to hell. There is a MUCH BETTER LIFE in Jesus Christ. There can be HOPE ahead for you once you TURN to HIM TODAY!
Repent - Accept the HOPE that Jesus offers!