I am!

My friend, may I ask you a question? When you think about it, does life itself have value because of Jesus? Because He IS who He said He was, can we rest assured that this Christmas, next Christmas, and all the Christmases to come will be filled with meaning?

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

(Hear the words of Jesus:) "The spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind" (Luke 4:19-20). There can be no mistaking it, the reason for Christmas is us, our sin, our redemption and deliverance. Is it any wonder that Christmas is so celebrated? It is all about mankind. The entire history of mankind from the fall into sin to these present days is living testimony to the reason for Christmas. Christ came to give us life and hope. All this celebrating, all this glitter, glow and musical trump is all about common sinners like you and I. Sadly the thought is often lost amidst the cacophony of celebration. Sadly, there are even those who would deny the miracle ever happened.

The late President, Ronald Reagan was also troubled by those who would deny the miracle of Christmas. In a 1984 Christmas radio address he stated. "I can't help wondering how we can explain away what to me is the greatest miracle of all recorded history. No one denies there was such a man, that he lived and that he was put to death by crucifixion. He starts preaching on street corners and in the nearby countryside. Then he's arrested, tried and convicted. He's executed along with two common thieves and interred in a borrowed tomb. End of story? No, this "uneducated," poor young man has, for 2000 years, had a greater effect on the world than all the rulers, kings, emperors; all the scholars, scientists and philosophers who have ever lived. How do we explain that unless he really was who he said he was.”(Ronald Reagan)

We live in a world today that was shaped by the coming of that little baby in Bethlehem. Life itself has value because of Jesus. Because He IS who He said He was, we can rest assured that this Christmas, next Christmas, and all the Christmases to come will be filled with meaning. As you put away those gifts, and clear away the wrapping paper, empty boxes, severed bows and ribbons, remember this– the greatest gift that could ever have been granted you and I was given in that manger thousands of years ago. We live because he died. We have inherited eternal life because He has granted it to us through His perfect life. We walk in the light because He was willing to defeat the darkness. We live without fear because he has conquered death.

Humbling to think, isn't it, that you and I are the reason for Christmas? Christ came to earth because of us!. It really boggles the mind when you think about it; worthless sinners, lost and determined to stay that way and yet, a God that loves us despite our- selves. Can there be any doubt that we will remain in that love for yet another year? "The Reason for the Season?" That reason will still be valid in Christmases yet to come. May the light of His peace give us comfort throughout the year to come.

We pray. Dear Father, Christmas is about believing; believing in the One who said He was the One, the eternal One of God. Not only does Christmas have its meaning and purpose in this, our live very lives have meaning because of Him. We are purposed in Christ. We live now and eternally because of Him. Thank You Father for giving us this inestimable gift, the gift of new birth in the birth of Jesus Christ. Our Christmas is joyous because we have hope and peace in the promise of salvation in Jesus Christ. O Lord forgive us when we get carried away with custom and tradition this time of the year and forget that Christmas is about eternity not just about the day. In Jesus Name! Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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