The Gift of Christmas

Why was Jesus born?

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Christ. But why?

The answer is found in the Bible, in John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

You may wonder, "If God is so loving, why was it necessary to give us Jesus?" Well, God is loving, but He is also just.

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) Because each of us is a sinner by nature, we can't get into Heaven on our own.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

We couldn't save ourselves, so God, out of His love for us, provided a way! That's why the birth of Jesus is "good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." Jesus came to show us what God the Father is like. Jesus lived a sinless life, showing us how to live, and He died upon a cross to pay for our sins. Then, God raised Him from the dead.

The Bible says in Romans 10:9, "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

To accept the gift of Jesus and His salvation, you can pray a prayer something like this:

"Dear God, I know that you love me. I confess my sin and my need of salvation. I turn away from my sin and place my faith in Jesus as my Savior and Lord. In Jesus' name I pray, amen."

After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, tell a pastor or another Christian about your decision.


See Also

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