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“I Believe In Christmas”

I LOVE Christmas and am so excited the Season is finally here!  Perhaps it all started as a young child and having eleven older siblings.  I didn’t necessarily understand then what Christmas was all about, but I couldn’t wait to gather around the Christmas tree Christmas morning.  It seemed like I got a gift from every brother and sister – I made a haul!!  We lived on a dairy farm and my Dad worked at a Chevrolet Plant in Flint, Michigan.  Whatever his income, providing for that many hungry kids was tough, yet somehow he and my Mom (mostly Mom) made Christmas special for all of us.  The gifts, food, and desserts are memorable to this day.

 

It wasn’t too many years and I learned Christmas wasn’t so much about gifts family members gave to one another, but more about the gift God gave to each one of us.  His Son Jesus!  Through Christ we have the opportunity to receive the greatest gift of all – salvation.  Ephesians 2:9 tells us, “For by grace you are saved though faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  I love Christmas because it seems to bring the best out in people.  I love the decorations, the festivities, being with loved ones and friends and of course the beautiful sound of Christmas music.  Today is December 2nd, only 23 more days until Christmas!  It’s a busy time of year, but don’t let the busyness take away your joy for the season.  Each day, do your best to think about the price God paid in sending His Son to become our Savior.  In order to become our Savior, He had to die a horrible death for every sin you and I have ever committed.

 

I’m writing this on Saturday (Nov. 30th).  Tomorrow, (Sunday) I’m excited to share with our people the HOPE everyone has because of Christmas.  You and I enjoy the HOPE only Jesus can give.  We have knowledge of His birth because of the Word of God.  But, did you know some estimate 300 or more prophecies (most centuries before Jesus was born) predicting the birth of Jesus?  What are the chances of this many prophecies being fulfilled by one person?  Philip Stoner, Chairman of the Department of Mathematics at Pasadena College along with 600 students put some perspective to this.  Their study was not taking all the biblical prophecies, only eight.  They said take 10 tickets, mark one ticket and put them all in a hat.  Shake up the tickets, blindfold a person and ask them to pull out the marked ticket.  Their chances of doing so are 1 out of 10.  Then, using numbers way over my head, Stoner said, imagine taking a silver dollar, lay it on the ground in the state of Texas.  Now imagine, silver dollars lying side by side covering the entire state and being two feet deep.  There is one marked silver dollar.  Mess up all the coins, blindfold an individual with instructions they can walk as far as they wish, but their goal is to find the ONE marked silver dollar blindfolded.  What are those chances?  Astronomical right?  That is the chance of these eight Biblical prophecies being fulfilled in detail by one single person.  Yet the birth of Jesus fulfilled those eight plus many, many more. 

 

The Christmas Season of 2019 is just starting.  Spend time reading about the coming of our Lord Jesus.  Christmas is more than a story – it’s a fulfillment of God’s promise to send us a Savior – His name is Immanuel, meaning “God with us.”  Jesus didn’t just come – He’s here and desires to abide in the hearts of each one of us.  That’s what Christmas is all about.  Have you received God’s gift?

 

Pastor Carnes