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God offers us grace and mercy

To the editor:

What is Christmas to you? Giving gifts? Family? Parties?

The Bible tells us that Christmas is the coming of Jesus Christ in the form of man into this sinful world. Jesus, God the Son, left His glory in heaven and was born of the Virgin Mary.

When Joseph learned that Mary was pregnant, he decided to divorce her. But an angel came to him in a dream, saying, “Do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived of her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins … They will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us.’ ”

The world has made it into a money-making holiday, leaving Christ the reason for Christmas out of it.

Jesus told Nicodemus, a ruler in the Jewish synagogue, “You must be born again.” He was born in the flesh. He needed to be born of the Spirit. (John 3:3-7)

In John 14:6, Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” Paul wrote in Romans 10:13, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” We are born sinners.

The Lord spoke to Isaiah in 1:18, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”

God offers us His grace, getting something we don’t deserve, forgiveness of sin and eternal life and joy.

God offers His mercy, not getting something we do deserve: eternal damnation in hell.

Worship God this Christmas. Thank Him for His great love. Praise Him. “Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise.” (Psalm 48:1a)

Jackie Wilken

Miltona, MN