Meditations From the Heart
12/19/13 at 07:43 PM 1 Comments

The Christmas Story

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I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. Romans 7:9

Sin came into the world through Adam's disobedience to God's will in the Garden of Eden. God had told Adam, ... of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die". Adam died that day and so death passed upon the entire human race. Romans 5:12 No commandment was handed down from God to the human race at that time. However, the law of God was written in people's hearts, and their consciences were their guide either accusing them of wrong doing or else excusing them.

When God gave His commandment to Moses. Then was known what God demanded of the human race. You should have no other god before Me. You shall not kill. You shall not bear false witness. Honor your father and your mother ... to name a few. Exodus 20. God's Law opened our minds to God's expectation of us. God is holy and we were sinful.

Sin revived. Sin in our body rebelled against God's Law. The very Law of God awoken the sinful impulses in our bodies and we succumb to every evil desire. The Commandment that was to bring us to God, condemned us. The soul that sins it shall die. We could not keep the law, because of our sinful nature. The Law of God made us aware of sin, but it could not help us.

This is why a baby called Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea over 2,000 years ago. This baby born of a virgin woman named Mary came into our world to rescue us. "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Luke 2: 11. Jesus the Son of God grew up to be a man. He kept the Law of God which none of us could do. He lived the Law. He is the sinless One. He is holy. Even the demons who met Him in his journeys along the way, recognized and called out to Him as the Holy One of God.

Jesus Christ came into this world to deliver us from the power of sin and to reconcile us to God. He came to pay the penalty of our sin which is eternal death and He did. On the cross at Calvary, some say 33 years some 33 1/2 years after He was born, He died the sinners' death. No one killed Him. He had the power to lay down His life and He had the power to take it up again (and He did). This commandment He received from His Father. John 10: 17, 18

I died with Him on that day . He lives in me. I am redeemed. It is your choice. You can either accept His redemption on your behalf or you can reject it. Jesus Christ - that precious little baby in the manger - came into the world to save sinners.

The angel said to Joseph in a dream ..... She (Mary) will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His Name Jesus for He will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1: 21


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