Another Christmas celebration has come and gone. While many were reminded of the birth of Christ through the numerous displays of nativity scenes throughout this season, we sometimes forget that Jesus’ birth is just the beginning of a much larger story. So, as millions of people try to squeeze in some last minute shopping to take advantage of holiday season deals, and others make plans for the New Year, let’s pause to explore what happened after Christmas.
The child born on the first Christmas hundreds of years ago was Jesus. He is God’s Son who was sent to Earth in order to save the human race from sin and the punishment of sin. From his infancy, to his teenage years, and on into adulthood, Jesus never sinned. He grew up around sin and among sinful people like us, yet he never sinned. This was important because of what he was born to do.
Jesus was born to die for the sins of the human race. He was a sacrifice, and his Father, God, required that the sacrifice be perfect. If Jesus didn’t die and suffer in our place, each and every one of us would have to die and suffer in hell for eternity.
During his life on earth, Jesus taught people about the kingdom of God. He also performed miracles — healing the sick, opening the eyes of the blind, walking on water, feeding over 5,000 people at once from a little boy’s lunch, and even raising the dead. Much of what Jesus did is recorded in the four Gospels contained in the New Testament of the Bible.
However, some people did not like Jesus. You might find that odd considering all of the good things Jesus did. But these people were blinded by their own sinfulness. Jesus, the perfect son of God showed them what they truly were — helpless sinners who, despite all their rules and regulations, could never add up to God’s standard. These people turned Jesus over to the governmental authorities of that day. The government put Jesus on trial, unjustly found him guilty, and sentenced him to die.
Jesus was put to death by crucifixion. It was the cruellest form of punishment ever invented. As Jesus hung on the cross outside Jerusalem, God poured out all of His wrath and punishment for sin on his Son. The Bible says that Jesus became sin for us. By allowing His Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross, God made it possible for us to escape eternal punishment in hell.
Jesus died on that cross. However, three days later, he rose from the dead as he had said he would. By rising from the dead, Jesus conquered death once and for all. Now, those who believe in him cannot be held by death forever. By accepting Jesus’ sacrifice and trusting in him for salvation, we will go immediately to the presence of God after we die. We will spend all eternity in peace and happiness with him.
This is the rest of the Christmas story. The question now is, do you believe it? Are you willing to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior today?
If so, here is how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in 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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!