Advent stories and messages from around the world
December 24, 2021
“It’s Christmas Eve!”
John 3:16; Matthew 28:18-20
The Christmas story (Luke 2:1-21; Matthew 2:1-12) will be read at church tonight and tomorrow on Christmas day. A child was born over 2000 years ago. He was born of a virgin. It had been prophesied for centuries that He would come to save His people.
Jesus was not a conqueror in the traditional way we think of one. Instead, He did something else, He conquered sin. Jesus lived as a man for about 33 years, and His ministry lasted only 3 of those years. He brought God’s message of love, service, and eternity to the civilized world in those three years. Finally, as predetermined, He died on a cross for our sins, and three days later, He rose again, overcoming death itself.
This is the greatest Christmas gift you and I will ever receive. God’s gift of eternal life.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Our Advent journey is now complete. But our mission set forth by Jesus in Matthew 28: 18-20 has just begun.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:8-20
Thank you for allowing me to share my messages and some traditions from around the world with you. May your family and friends have a Blessed Christmas as you share your traditions and the Gospel message with everyone.