Pastor Ron’s Corner

Christmas Is About Your Eternity

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become
children of God.” (John 1:12 NLT)

Turn on your television or surf the web around Christmas, & you’ll discover all sorts of
Christmas messages. But for the One who invented Christmas, there’s only one message that
really matters: God wants to share eternity with you. That’s what Christmas is all about. You
weren’t created just to live 80 or 90 years on Earth, then die. You’re far more valuable to God.
He has some long-range plans for you, for He made you to live forever.

One day your heart will stop. That’ll be the end of your heart, but it won’t be the end of you.
You’ll last for eternity — forever years! For God wants you to be a part of His family. He sent
Jesus to Earth as a baby so one day He could die for your sins, & then you can spend forever
with Him.

That’s the great news of Christmas. This offer is available to anyone. The Bible says of
Jesus, “But to all who believed Him& accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of
God” (John 1:12 NLT). He made the way to Him simple: You believe, and you receive. You
believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins & you receive Him into your life. God sent His Son
to earth 2018 years ago to die for you. That’s God’s very first Christmas gift, sent to you
thousands of years before you were even born.

Honestly, celebrating Christmas & not receiving the #1 gift God has for you is sad. Do that,
and you’re missing the point entirely. Acts 10:35 says, “It makes no difference who you are or
where you’re from — if you want God and are ready to do as He says, the door is open” (The
Message). No matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, you’ve got a place in God’s
forever family ready & waiting for you. The invitation is wide open. Just believe and receive.

If you’re ready, here’s a prayer you can start with —

“Dear God, I know that when I die I’m going to have to give an account of my life to You
directly. I confess I have at times ignored you. I know I have sinned against You, & too often I
have lived by my plan, not Yours. I want that to change, starting right now. I want to turn away
from my sins toward You. Thank You for sending Jesus to die for all that I’ve done wrong so
that I don’t have to pay the penalty. I know that I don’t deserve Your forgiveness. I know that
only Your grace thru faith can save me. I could never be good enough to get into a perfect
place.

Jesus, thank You for loving me so much that You took all my guilt on Yourself. You made
me acceptable for heaven, & I humbly ask You to save me. Save me from the sins & habits that
are messing up my life right now. I believe in You, Jesus. I believe that You will keep Your
promise to save me instantly, certainly, completely, & eternally. In Jesus’ name. Amen

 

From my family to yours – Have the merriest of Christmases & a blessed & joy-filled 2019!
Pastor Ron & Jan

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