Tuesday, 26 February 2008

The Truth about christmas

People around the world celebrate Christmas. Many associate Christmas with presents, turkeys, winter, santa clause, decorations and holiday. But what is Christmas really about?

In order to give you a better picture, I need to bring you back in time to the beginning of the earth, some 6000 years ago. Created in perfection, Adam and Eve were free to do anything, eat anything, except of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A pretty simple instruction by God: not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But alas! It was not obeyed. Eve took the fruit, ate it, and gave some to Adam, who also ate. From that moment, sin entered into the world, together with its partner, death.

Sinful people cannot see God, because the holiness of God will kill them instantly. Thus, man was doomed to spend eternity in hell, because of their sins. You and I are destinied to hell as punishment for our sins (lying, stealing, dishonouring of parents and sabbath, etc.). However, because God loves us so much, and unwilling that any should perish for eternity in hell, God provided a way. Around 2000 years ago, God became man. He sent His Son as a substitute in each individual's place. This holy and blameless Son took our sins upon himself, and ransomed us with His life. His life was exchanged with ours on that cross. Because of this, we are now free to enter heaven, if we accept and acknowledge the Son as our Saviour. We can spend the rest of eternity in heaven face to face with God. Death no longer is a wall to be feared, but a gateway to 'utopia'.

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." Romans 19:9-11

So back to the topic now, what is Christmas? Santa Claus, christmas trees, presents, roast turkeys and holidays do not mean Christmas. Real christmas celebrates the birth of this Saviour, Jesus Christ. He came to earth as a babe, and we commemorate this gift of God by celebrating Christmas.

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