Ever heard of people who when they learned that you are a Christian and you go to this certain church, they would say “ah ayoko jan, baka masunog ako jan”? (I don’t wana go there, I might get burned up)
I love these people because they are simply honest! I also feel that same sense of unworthiness from time to time. But guess what? I believe it’s the same reason that would keep Jesus’ followers coming back!
There’s something about this light and the sense that we feel even in just thinking of coming to God.
I think it was the same “fear” that the shepherds felt when angels came and brought them the news about Jesus. Yet the Angels said “DO NOT be afraid! For I bring you GOOD NEWS that will of GREAT JOY sildenafil not only for you but FOR ALL people!” Don’t be afraid the angles said, Rejoice! Just come and worship!
This good news tells us that God has come to be like one of us, to become like one of us. He experienced the good and bad things that life brings, tempted in every way like any of us, struggled through life’s pain like many of us, to identify with us, yet He never sinned!
He lived perfectly as a man to die on our behalf to cover the sins of the humanity. He died not as a victim but as a heroic victor who is mighty to save! He was hung on a tree then rose to life and overcoming death and sin!
He did it that those who would trust him, turn from their unrighteous living and give their lives to him would be free from sin and its enslaving power and eternal penalty and so they could freely live for His honor and glory!
It’s because of this good news that we can come to God without shame or fear.
It’s Jesus! From Him alone comes the Great Joy that we all have been looking for!
It’s trusting this great news that the first Christmas brings that makes Christmas worth celebrating!
May we truly find this great joy and share it that all men might be really “merry” this Christmas!