Spread the Christmas News All Year!
Story by José Cortés, president, New Jersey Conference
Luke Chapter 2 holds the most beautiful, tender and lovely account in literature: the nativity story: “About this time Caesar Augustus declared a nationwide census in all the countries throughout the Roman Empire … Joseph lived in the city of Nazareth in the province of Galilee. He had to travel all the way down to Judea to the little town of Bethlehem and register there, because he was of the lineage of David. He also had to register Mary, who had married him and was about to have her baby. While they were there, the time came for Jesus to be born. All the rooms in town were full so they had to spend the night in a cattle stall. That’s where she gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. She wrapped Him in strips of cloth and laid Him in a box where animals feed, because there was nowhere else to stay” (Luke 2:1, 4-7, The Clear Word).
That beautiful night, the Son of God became the Son of Man in order to save humankind from sin and death. This message is comprehensive and clear. “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21, NIV).
Isn’t that memorandum great? This is the essence of Christmas! We need to think about it, talk about it and repeat the story to our children and to everybody every day. God sent a Savior to our planet! He did not send a condemner to our biosphere. This is the greatest news of all. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him” (John 3:17, NIV).
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