By Minister Yolanda K. Edwards
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Let’s start by unpacking this a little bit.
Greek Definitions of a few words in the scripture
Begotten: one and only
Believeth: to have faith in, to put one’s trust in, or the reliance of Christ for salvation.
Perish: to destroy fully literally or figuratively, to die, or to lose or be lost.
Everlasting: eternal or forever.
Life: to live, lively, the mere vitality of any breathing creature (man, animal, plants).
We have to remember, before God sent Christ to die for our sins, many of the people during that time were living a lost state, in darkness. When we break this scripture down in laymen’s terms, it is saying that God loved mankind so much that He gave His one and only son (Christ) so that those who have faith in and put their trust in Christ will not be destroyed (figuratively speaking) but live eternally in heaven. Yes, our bodies will die (literally), but our souls will live on forever with the Lord.
This brings me to the real reason for the Christmas season. John 1:1-13 tells the story of how God sent Jesus to give light to those living in darkness (those living a life of sin without a conscience effort or thought to the consequences of their sinful state. These are the people who have not chosen to give their life to Christ. However, those who have made the wise decision to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior has lots to be thankful for, not only in this season, but for all time.
We get so caught up in the decorations (don’t misunderstand me, they are nice and pretty), the hustle and bustle of spending money on gifts for family, friends, co-workers, etc., we sometimes don’t stop to reflect on the real reason that we celebrate Christmas. That God gave His one and only son, so that those that were living in darkness or living a sin filled life, would have an opportunity to be transformed and renewed, to walk into the light, to receive salvation and live an eternal life with the Lord in heaven. That’s why we celebrate…that’s why we are thankful. That is the ULTIMATE GIFT! The gift that keeps on giving.
Take a moment to reflect on Jesus being the reason for the Christmas season…on how because of Him, you have the opportunity for eternal life. Even those reading this that have not chosen to give your lives to Christ yet, it’s not too late. Pray this simple prayer: Father, I thank you for dying on the cross for me. I believe in my heart that Christ was raised from the dead. I accept you as my Lord and Savior. As I accept you as my Lord and savior, the old man is now gone, and I am a new man in Christ. Amen.
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