For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life John 3:16.
“上帝爱世人，甚至将他的独生子赐给他们，叫一切信他的，不至灭亡，反得永生…” 约翰福音 3:16
As we reflect upon this blessed Christmas season and the New Year to come, let us be thankful for God the Father who so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. What joy and gratitude flood our hearts for the personal relationship we have with Him each and every day.
“The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell. It goes beyond the highest star and reaches the lowest hell. The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win; His erring child He reconciled and pardon from his sin. O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure the saints and angels’ song.”
What glorious words of truth penned by Frederick Martin Lehman so long ago but so relevant today. It is our hope you have made room in your hearts for the babe lying in a manger where God displayed for the whole world His Love for mankind. That child in the manager is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, and the Son of the Living God. In Him alone, are forgiveness, abundant life, and life eternal. Make room for Him today.
这些由Frederick Martin Lehman所写的光荣真理之词早已被诗人写下，但在今天仍然如此相关。我们希望你已经在你的心中为在马槽中躺着的婴孩留出了位置，上帝向全世界展示了他对人类的爱。马槽中的孩子就是万王之王，万主之主，永生上帝的儿子。只有在他里面，才有宽恕、丰盛的生命和永恒的生命。今天就给他留出位置吧。
THE MOST FORETOLD EVENT IN HISTORY
“But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, you are little to be among the clans of Judah; [yet] out of you shall One come forth for Me Who is to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth have been from of old, from ancient days (eternity). Therefore shall He give them up until the time that she who travails has brought forth; then what is left of His brethren shall return to the children of Israel. And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God; and they shall dwell [secure], for then shall He be great [even] to the ends of the earth…Micah 5:2-4.”
The birth of Jesus is probably the most foretold event in history. There are many prophecies stating various details about his birth. One of the greatest is about his birthplace and this is in the prophet Micah. Surely He was going to be born in Jerusalem. After all, that was God’s city, the home of the temple, but the privilege went to Bethlehem.
The birth of Jesus was planned in meticulous detail, everything was done in order. The choice of Bethlehem tells us something about what God uses, it is not the biggest that gets used, and it is not always the loudest and most glamorous that gets chosen. Bethlehem was a backwater, it was somewhere that people passed through, when we are on the freeway/motorway, we go past towns and say, “Well there is nothing there. It is of no relevance.”
Your town sometimes has plaques placed up for its most famous residents or people who were born there, and so has Bethlehem. It is the birthplace of the ONE; the one true Savior/Messiah/Redeemer. The sign in Bethlehem today is JESUS WAS BORN HERE. So if you think your life is a backwater, that no one else notices, take heart, the sign on your life is JESUS LIVES HERE and by Him living in you, you can share Him with others. Jesus was born in Bethlehem and that town has shared him with the world. They have shared the Savior. Now it’s your turn.
Who are you going to share Jesus with this Christmas?
God bless you,