CHRISTMAS IS FOR EXPORTING
JOHN 3: 16 - 21
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JESUS CHRIST is living proof that God loves you AND the
whole world. Jesus, Himself said, "God so loved the WORLD He
gave His only begotten Son..."
Why did God do that? Two quick answers are deserved.
One, God is love (I John 4:8). The very nature of love is to
give. He being the personification of love fulfilled His nature
Second, He had to give because there was no other way. "The
wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in
Jesus Christ" (Romans 6:23).
The expression "wages of sin" refers to the big pay off made by
sin. Likewise, the "free gift of God" means the free gift given
us by God.
Both "death" and the "gift" are earned. Death is earned by the
sinner. The gift is earned for the sinner.
The person who in faith trusts Christ receives the most for the
least. Such a person receives everlasting life for nothing
"Everlasting life" means fellowship with God through Jesus
Christ through all eternity.
This wonderful gift has set in motion a custom of giving
unequalled in human history. Because of it there was a traffic
jam this week on I-75 and around I-285 here in metropolitan
Atlanta and in every major city in America. It was caused by the
birth of a baby. Incredibly, the baby was born nearly 2,000
years ago in an isolated land nearly 7,000 miles away.
His birth has impacted America like no other. Celebration of it
results in frosty hearts thawing and a spirit of generosity
flowing. Consequently 40% of our nation's retail profits are
made during the mon ...
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