The real gifts of Christmas come from our loving God
As we enjoy all the shopping, the presents, the fine food and drink, the decorations and everything that makes a good Christmas, we sometimes forget that CHRISTmas is really all about Jesus Christ!
It began in Bethlehem on a night when God’s Son was born as a human child. Heaven and Earth rejoiced together, angels were seen by shepherds and a brand new star emerged in the sky - all confirming the promise that God had made years before to send His own Son to help mankind find Him.
Jesus Christ grew up with his younger brothers and sisters as a simple Jewish boy, the son of a skilled carpenter. He learned the Jewish law and traditions before probably working alongside His father and learning his honourable trade. However, it quickly became apparent that He was very different.
At about the age of 30, Jesus was baptised and God confirmed that He was His Son by the Holy Spirit descending onto Him while a voice said for all to hear; “This is My much loved Son ...”.
Jesus spent forty days and nights in the wilderness, fasting and praying, after which He spent three years demonstrating by His powerful words and by many miraculous deeds that He truly was (and is) the Son of God.
Following a pre-arranged plan, Jesus then died to take away the sin that separated people from God and rose again to open a way for us to know His Father. After appearing many times to His followers, He returned to Heaven.
Jesus promises that anyone who follows Him can have new life, without being separated from God - and that’s what Christians experience today! That’s what we are celebrating this CHRISTmas. What about you?
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It's All About People!
Many of our church members will be pleased to tell you how their lives have radically changed since they made a decision to follow Jesus Christ. Below are just a few examples:
- The man with a history of drink and drug related violence, who now spends all his spare time helping others for whom life hasn't worked out too well.
- The person who knew from an early age that he was good for nothing - but found fulfilment and success when he allowed Jesus Christ to lead him.
- The woman who truly believed that she was stupid and inadequate, because her parents told her so as a child, who is now highly regarded by all who know her.
- The person with an incurable drinking habit who was set free in an instant by Jesus Christ and no longer needs or craves alcohol.
- The businessman who sold out to Christ and found that he can be successful without resorting to dishonesty or smart accounting.
- The singer / songwriter who loves to sing for Jesus first.
- The man who was always very focused on wealth and possessions, has found that he has become generous and giving since he chose to join God's team.
- Most days we hear about lives changed and bodies healed in response to prayer.
There's no doubt that Jesus is really alive today and really changes our lives around - if we will let Him!
(It's not about obeying rules.) ... What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. (Galatians 6:15 NLT)
Find out more every Sunday morning at 10:30.
" … when you see people praying and prayers being answered week after week, it makes you think.”
Will Jesus Christ return?
When Jesus Christ returned to Heaven He promised that He would come back for all who follow Him. He said that the whole world " ... will see the Son of Man (that's what Jesus called Himself) coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory ... and he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven". (Matthew 24:30-31 NLT)
Jesus said that no-one, not even He Himself, knew the date that His Father in Heaven would choose for Him to return - but that we should always be prepared!
The best way to prepare is to start immediately to follow Jesus Christ, to join an active church near you, to read the bible (God's Word to us) and to pray. CHURCH@Claremont will be pleased to guide you on that journey - but don't delay, He could come today!
Be Expectant - not Fearful!
For the Christian, the return of Jesus Christ is just the beginning of an amazing adventure culminating in the revelation of a completely New Heaven and a New Earth, where sin, decay, sickness, famine, fear and death no longer have a place. That's not a threat - it's an amazing promise!
“For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him”. (Jesus Christ, from John 3:16-17 NLT)
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