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16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  JOHN 3:16 NKJV

For God…
Who is God? The Creator – Genesis 1:1; He created the heavens and the earth; He is Almighty – The Supreme Being. There is none like Him… Nothing compares to Him…There is no other gods above Him.

so loved the world…
the “world” in this context  is a metaphor for human beings.

Man (that means you and me) is God’s masterpiece.

No where in the Bible can you find that tells us that God created other beings in His own image and likeness except man. The Bible says, “The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Gen. 2:7

This just means to say that we are eternal beings destined for eternity. Our body, which is made out of dust is temporary (our bodies will die and decay) but our soul and spirit, which God breathed in man, will live on for eternity.

that He gave His only begotten Son…
Who is God’s only begotten Son? And why does God have to send His only begotten Son? Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son. When Jesus was being baptised by John the Baptist in the Jordan river the Bible says, “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17

And God sent Him because of you and me. Why? Why does God have to send His only begotten Son for you and me? In Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Remember Adam and Eve when they where tempted by the serpent is the garden? They ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil which God forbade them to eat. Romans 5:12 says, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned”

…that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Because of sin, we are destined to eternal punishment.

We say that life is a journey. The Bible says that there are two roads, one that leads to eternal life and the other that leads to destruction. Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” Matthew 7:13

The Bible states “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

For God so loved the world…
Jesus Christ is the answer to man’s deepest, most greatest need; our need of a Saviour. God responded and the rest was history. Thus, Christmas came into being; The nativity of God’s greatest gift; a Saviour born to us.

The sacrifice that God made has never been and will never be surpassed from eternity to eternity. All because of His great love for us.

Whoever believes…
The only thing we have to do is to believe and receive the gift. It is ours for the taking. God will never force us to accept it, but like the the father waiting for his prodigal son in one of Jesus’ parables, He will never cease to wait for us to be reconciled back to Him.

Do not delay, He is waiting…

Have a Blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!!!

Blessings,

Pastors John & Ethel
Website: www.ccenglishservice.org
email: info@ccenglishservice.org
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God’s Promise to those who acknowledge Him as their God
The book of Psalm 91:9-16, allows us to understand that God’s promise of protection is conditional. Conditional in the sense that we need to choose whether we would make Him our protector or put our trust in someone or something that we think can better protect us. Or others might think that God’s protection is not enough. The word “If”  of verse 9 denotes it. This, I believe, is the reason why we’re not really experiencing God’s promises; because  of our lack of trust. We need to fully trust Him and His word not allowing ourselves to be affected by what we see in the physical but making God’s promises as the reality.

9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. 11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. 12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. 13 You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! 14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. 15 When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. 16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”  Psalm 91:9-16 NLT

Blessings,

Pastors John & Ethel
Website: www.ccenglishservice.org
email: info@ccenglishservice.org
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