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Heart to Heart December 2014

08 wof pic1Christmas Isn't Christmas Without Christ

// Kenneth W. Hagin

Have you noticed that in the past several years some people have tried to make Christmas just another holiday? They want us to say "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" instead of "Merry Christmas." And we're to have "holiday" trees and lights, instead of Christmas trees and Christmas lights. The world wants to completely remove Christ from Christmas.

But the truth is, Christmas is all about Christ. It's the day we choose to celebrate His birth and remember why He was born. Jesus wrapped Himself in flesh and came to the earth, born as a baby in Bethlehem.
Luke 19:10 (NKJV) sums it up in one sentence: " 'The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.' " Jesus—the Messiah—took on the biggest job that's ever been assigned to someone. He took on the responsibility of redeeming you and me. He purchased our salvation with His own life.

Think about it a moment. If we were to take Christ out of the Bible, what would we have left? We'd have some nice stories, history, and words of encouragement. It would be like reading any other book, because without Christ, there'd be no salvation—no hope of glory. Likewise, without Him, December 25 would be just another day on the calendar.

But thank God, John 1:14 (NKJV) says, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus mixed divine nature with human nature to become the sacrifice for our sin. He paid the price. And because of Him, we have been brought near to God (Eph. 2:13). Because of Him, we can have peace, joy, and healing. Because of Him, we can celebrate! That’s what Christmas is all about.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! May this be a season of joy, peace, and love like you've never known before.

PS. If you've never accepted Jesus—God's greatest gift—turn to page 6 right now. Don't wait. Your life will never be the same