Take another look at the nativity
    December 13 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    I find it so fitting that one month after celebrating Thanksgiving we will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Christmas is indeed a time for giving thanks, for during Christmas we rejoice that God gave the world the greatest gift He could ever give: His Son.

    We cannot truly celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus without also looking forward to Easter and Jesus’ death on the cross.

    Our Savior was virgin born in order that He may live a perfect, sinless life and die on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for sin. He took our place on that cross.

    Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection made it possible for all who call on Him to receive salvation. That, my brothers and sisters, is why we celebrate Christmas.

    I do not have to guess whether or not you will meet people this Christmas season who do not know why it is we celebrate Christmas.

    Whether a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker or store cashier, each of us knows someone who needs to know what Christmas is all about. They need to hear the gospel. Use this Christmas season to share the reason for the hope you have in Christ.

    Every year you hear sermons about Christmas, you sing hymns about Christmas and you attend special events that tell the Christmas story. Sometimes I fear that because we hear the story so much the story becomes too familiar; to the point where we stop paying attention. North Carolina Baptists, never lose the wonder and amazement of it all.  As born again individuals, we are the “Christmas people” because we have embraced what it is all really about.

    While many people rejoice during this time of year, many are enduring great difficulties and would be so blessed if someone showed them a little kindness and compassion. I pray we will have open hearts and eyes to see those around us who need help this Christmas. Please don’t forget that many people will not spend Christmas with family. Are you willing to do something to reach out to someone in need?

    Take some time this Christmas to pray and ask God to open your heart to what it means to really live for the gospel. Take another look at the nativity.

    The baby in the manger came to die for you. This baby would fulfill all the prophecies foretold long ago about the long-awaited Messiah. God had a plan to save sinners and His plan was Jesus Christ. North Carolina Baptists, that is good news!

    Share this good news with someone this Christmas.

    I sincerely hope you will give a special gift to Jesus this Christmas by giving a lavish contribution to support the Lottie Moon Offering for international missions.

    “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive,
    and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
    12/13/2010 5:48:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 3 comments




Comments
Maxims
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12/23/2010 1:52:15 PM

Maxims
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12/23/2010 1:46:09 PM

Maxims
Its a pity you dont have a donate button, i would donate some.
12/23/2010 1:20:36 PM