Celebrating the birth of forgiveness, grace and hope.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14
A hosts of angels, appearing to shepherds in the field, sang these words of praise heralding the birth of Jesus Christ.
“Do not be afraid,” an angel proclaimed, “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people…a Saviour has been born to you.” (Luke 2:10-11)
This Saviour, is Jesus!
His birth brought us forgiveness, grace and hope. It signalled the redemption of mankind from sin, glorified God on earth and changed the course of history forever.
Oh, what great news!
As the world wrestles with hostilities, poverty and other tribulations, heed the command to “fear not”. Instead, revel in the good news that is Jesus and trade your fear for faith, hope, and peace:
- Faith in knowing that Jesus lives in us and His presence is an anchor in times of trouble.
- Hope in being confident that through His birth, death and resurrection we have everlasting life.
- Peace in the surety of His forgiveness of our sins, a reconciliation that puts our soul at rest, transcending all understanding.
With the fall of Adam and Eve, Jesus was born so that we—undeservingly— could access grace—the unconditional mercy—that grants right standing before God and offers salvation to all. (Titus 2:11)
The compassion, love and goodwill we see at Christmas reflect God’s persona, revealed to us when He became flesh (Jesus’ birth) and dwelt among men.
Amidst the season’s food, lights and festivities, remember that although Christmas is one day on the calendar, as believers, our joy in Jesus is a never-ending, year-round celebration.