[serialposts]As Lee Strobel closes the book, he points out that even with all of the evidence that indicates that it was the Messiah that was born in that manger, it is all meaningless unless you consider it in light of Easter. It’s not enough to believe that a great teacher, healer, or even a prophet was born. Easter was the reason that this child was born. And THAT is what makes this child different than all the rest…
A Savior for all mankind was born!
Strobel’s book The Case for Christmas is an amazing presentation of the evidence about Jesus being born. This evidence is the kind of work that helps the logical mind believe that the Bible might actually mean what it says about Jesus. And this is an important step in coming to faith.
But one thing that this project has shown me, is that each of the contributors has their own testimony about who Jesus is. Each has a story, and can share how Jesus has changed their life. And I do too…
I’ve lived most of my life far away from God. I’ve spent a lot of energy only trying to do what was in my own selfish interest. And eventually I started to realize that no matter what I did to fill my selfish pleasures, nothing truly satisfied me. I was always striving for more. It was like eating a meal that left you hungry again shortly after you finished eating. It wasn’t until I surrendered my life to this Savior that we are talking about that I found the fulfillment, purpose, and hope that my life lacked before. That doesn’t mean that my life has been easy, only that it has been fulfilling.
For me, THIS is what Christmas is all about! It is about my testimony and how He has changed my life. It is about the things that He has done for the others who contributed to this project. And it is about what he has done, or can do, for you!
If you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, then I ask that you join us in taking a moment to praise the God who came to save us from ourselves. I pray that you be richly blessed with His presence as you continue to walk out your faith.
But if you do not know Him as your personal Lord and Savior, then I encourage you to ask Him to reveal Himself to you. The Bible tells us to ask and it will be given.
All you have to do is ask.
It also tells us that the Truth will set us free. This is not entering into any sort of bondage, but into a relationship that frees you from the bondage of the junk that holds you down. So ask God to guide you into the Truth.
The Bible also teaches us that all it takes to accept this free gift of salvation is that we must turn from our sins, ask His forgiveness, and follow Him. Pray these things and you will be among those of us who have a hope that surpasses all understanding!
So may we all celebrate the TRUE meaning of Christmas, and give honor to the One who came to give us the greatest gift that we could ever hope or ask for! And may we never forget that the reason for Christmas was so that there could be an Easter.