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Love came down to us
December 28, 2009
by Pastor Orval Wirkkala, Apostolic Lutheran Church, Kingston

The reading of the Christmas Story on Christmas Eve has been a part of many of our lives for as long as we can remember, for when we were children, it was read to us, and the tradition has continued in our homes. It is a blessed and rich tradition, one that relates a historical happening through which Love reached down and touched the whole world.

When we read the story from the Holy Bible, we receive it as being proclaimed from the heart of our God, who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish, but have eternal life. This testimony of truth comes from a heart of love, for God is love and He sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

When we hear of this most amazing reality, we are not getting “sound bites,” but we are getting the whole story. This is like a shining ray of hope that has come from heaven, which has shined into the darkness of this world.

He has not come to give us some kind of a system of beliefs, or some kind of an outward structure, but He has come to give us Himself through relationship. We have need of a Saviour, for we all have fallen short of His glory as a result of the fall into sin in the Garden of Eden.

Dear friend, do you believe in, rejoice over, and live in the grace which God has given you in Christ? Too often our eyes, our ears, and our hearts are dull in their ability to comprehend the greatness of what God has done through His Son – the gift that already began to be wrapped before the foundation of the world. He has presented us with the gift of eternal life, which He grants unto us through our believing of His proclamation of it.

The gift is received by one’s believing of it, as it is written, “And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.” Romans 4:22-25

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

Believe the message of the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ for yourself today, that through His Name and in the power of His shed blood, your sins are forgiven. Believe it to your peace and joy, for in that personal faith and knowledge lies the true meaning of Christmas! Isn’t that Good News?