FIRST BAPTIST BIBLE CHURCH-JERUSALEM

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REV. ATIF HIMADEH, PASTOR
CHRISTMAS GIFT
By Atif Himadeh
   

Would you like a precious, and expensive gift? All the gold, pearls, diamonds, and rubies of the world can't buy it. If you wish to obtain God's gift, then acquaint yourself with Him and His terms for receiving it.
The perfect God knows how to give perfect gifts. His precious gift to all men was given, so all may receive freely from him. God is like that pearl seeker, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking a goodly pearl: who when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it." Math. 13: 45,46.
If God wants to choose the best gift to send it to mankind, what would he send us? All the gifts become of no value if man has to leave these gifts and go to suffer in an eternal hell. "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Mark 8:36. The soul of a person is the most valuable thing in the world. God's best gift is the salvation of a person's soul from hell.
Gold, silver, and money can't buy a perishing soul. Neither by money nor by works can a person help his perishing soul because the Bible says: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Rom. 6:23. Bulls, sheep, and lambs can't redeem the souls of men. The soul of an animal is not eternal as is the eternal soul of man. The animals were not created in the likeness of men, and therefore can't be substituted for man who was created in the likeness of God. And God said, "let us make man in our image, after our likeness: ..." Genesis 1:26. Who can buy the perishing soul of man? Because man disobeyed God and sinned he was condemned by God.
The penalty and punishment of sin are eternal condemnation in the lake of fire and brimstone, where man is separated from God for ever and ever, never to see God again. God is so merciful and loving that He does not want man to perish. God, by His love and mercy, bought the perishing precious soul of man. But, you ask, how did He buy it? Man can't buy his own perishing soul. A man drowning can't save himself and he cannot save another drawing person.

The Bible says: "There is none righteous no not one." Rom. 3: 10. And "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Rom. 3: 23. Then we can conclude that it is impossible to find a mere man to save man. God says in His word: "And He saw that there was no man. and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His arm brought salvation unto Him; and His righteousness, it sustained Him." Isa. 59: 16. The Mighty God did not find anyone that could pay the price of sin. No prophet, priest, or leader were sinless to be able to redeem mankind.
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a child is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor. The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The prince of peace." Isa. 9:6. "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Isa. 7: 14.
God gave "Himself" as a sign. He was born of a virgin, was called "Immanuel" meaning God with us. Few people knew that, the baby born in Bethlehem was The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace.

Rejoice in your heart because God is merciful and His Great Gift to you is forgiveness of sin by his own blood so that you can have real peace with God. This peace is between you and God. Repent of rejecting God and repent of walking with the devil and all his lies and lusts. Then believe in the presence of the one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and accept Jesus Christ who died to redeem you and save you and give real peace.
When Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, God gave mankind the greatest gift, "HIS SON". God did not create His Son, God is not a woman to give birth to sons, and God is not a partner with His Son. The Lord Jesus Christ has said: "I and the Father are one." John 10:30. Jesus also said: "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father?" John 14:9.So we can say with Paul, "... God was manifest in the flesh, … believed on in the world, received up into glory." I Tim. 3:16.
Thomas exclaimed "My Lord and my God." John 20:28. The Apostle John has said: "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life." I John 5: 20. The Lord Jesus Christ prayed and said: "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with glory which I had with thee before the world was." John 17:5.
The glory of the Lord Jesus Christ was the same as the Father's glory from before the beginning of the world, and this is why the Bible says: "Who being the brightness of his glory, ..." Heb. 1:3. The Lord Jesus Christ was the brightness of the glory of God. The Lord Jesus and the Father are one. He was with the Father when He created the heavens and the earth: "And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hand:" Heb 1:10.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, changed water to wine, to prove that He who created the atoms of the world can also create the missing atoms to make water wine. The Lord Jesus Christ who created the heavens and the earth and made its laws of nature, could order its winds to stop and its waves to be calm. Jesus Christ the Mighty God who created all the angels of heaven, could condemn and expel the fallen angels.
This same God who is in heaven, wants to help us, and save us and give us the greatest gift ever given to man kind. Will we listen to Him, believe Him, and accept Him so that He can do this great work in us. God the creator came to help you; "And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." John 3:13. Jesus came down from heaven to die, and by His death He has destroyed the power of death, that is, the devil. "Forasmuch, then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he (Jesus) also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he (Jesus) might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;" Heb. 2:14.
So Jesus paid, by His death on the cross, for the penalty of sin. No, wonder all the saints in heaven will sing: "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals there of: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation:" Rev. 5: 9.
Jesus Christ who was crucified, bought us by His blood. The Bible says: "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood, and without the shedding of blood is no remission." Heb. 9: 22. He became the only mediator between us and God. "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus:" I Tim. 2: 5. And now all those who believe in Him will not perish. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3: 16.
Because the salvation of God is not according to our works but according to His grace, and believing in Him we will be saved. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast: "Eph. 2:8,9
To receive the precious gift of God which is eternal life, we must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was God in flesh, And being found in fashion as a man, died on the cross for our sins.

If you want to receive this gift now, confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord. That is, "He was with the Father from eternity," because the word Lord is Jehovah, which means "always present, eternal, not created, The Creator. Also you have to believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead. This is the Lord Jesus Christ, who made redemption for us on the cross, and was put in the grave for three days and three nights. He did not remain in the grave but He rose victoriously over the grave. Do you believe this in your heart?
If you believe, God will give you eternal life. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Rom 10: 9. What did God say he will do: "If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart?" Thou shalt be saved. Does God keep his promise? Yes He will.

Now will you trust God and believe in him, confess Jesus Christ as Lord and believe that He rose from the dead? And will you accept Him today as your personal saviour? Do you want to pray to Him so that He will give you this gift, and that you will have eternal life? The Bible says: "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Rom. 10: 13.

Are you eager to receive this gift now? Then bow your head and pray wherever you are, this prayer. "?Lord Jesus Christ I am a sinner, and the wages of my sin is death. I can't do anything to wash away my sins. I ask you Lord Jesus to wash away my sins in your blood that was shed on Calvary. Lord Jesus I believe in you. Come now into my heart and save me and give me eternal life as a gift. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ."

If you have prayed the above prayer and the Lord saved you and gave you the gift of eternal life, please write to us so we can rejoice with you.


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