A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER
H. Edwin Young
Would you quote with me, 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 1ife."
Perhaps one of the most familiar verses certainly in
the New Testament - what does it mean? Christmas -
"For God so loved the world - that He gave His Son."
Since the dawn of history, men and women have been
scurrying around this globe, asking the question
WHAT IS GOD LIKE? Every tribe, every native, every
village, every culture has had some instinct about
God. What is God's nature? What is God's character?
What does God look like? Does God care? And finally -
we see in Christmas - in the fullness of time - God
climaxed history in the giving of His Son, Jesus
Christ in that first advent - "For God so loved the
world, that He gave."
So we do not wander around in darkness, we do not
wander around in mystery, asking all the simple
questions down through history - because we see God in
Jesus Christ. Is God love? Is God interested? Is God
alive? Does God speak? How would He have me to act?
How would He have me to live? On and on - all the
questions are answered in Jesus Christ.
For a long time, in my childhood, I'd see those signs
on the roadside and I would laugh at them and say,
"Aw, that's poor PR on behalf of the church. It says
Jesus is the answer."
But think about it. Ask those basic, fundamental
questions. Those presuppositions upon which life
stands. And you will find and discover THE answers in
the only begotten son of the Father - Jesus Christ.
"For God so loved the world."
Would you give a member of your family for this world?
"Son - come here. Only Son. I give you for the sin
of these folks." Would you do that? I wouldn't. I
don't love all of you enough or any one of you enough
to give one of my boys for your life. But in t ...
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