Christmas Message 2015

What is Christmas about?

It is about the fact God loved us so much He personally came down to earth as one of us to free us from the spiritual consequences of our sin (rebellion against Him) and teach us how to live so we could be with Him for eternity.

It is the demonstration of God’s unconditional Love for us.

It is also a reminder to love others with the same quality of love with which He Loves us with.

If we have this quality of Love we too will help others to know Him personally and teach them how to live so that they too can be with Him forever!

In fact the final commandments of Jesus before He rose were directed to this objective and can be summarised as follows:

"All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations I have risen,

Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have com- manded you

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in My name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

And these signs shall follow them that believe;

In my name shall they cast out devils;

They shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents;

And if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover

And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."

These actions will be observable in the life of a follower of Jesus as an expression of God’s quality of Love in them working through them to others and if you have the same love for others that Jesus has they will be a part of your life.

We are to be ready to tell everyone about whom Jesus is and what He has done for them and God will tell you who He wants you to tell these things too because not everyone will recieve them and you may do more harm than good by forcing this information on them.

So make certain you are able and ready to be able to tell others of what God has done for them in Jesus as this will be one thing that is examined when you face Jesus and sadly m any are lacking in even the basic skills to do this.

Neville Salvetti