by Richard Mansel, managing editor
The greatest gift ever given to mankind is Jesus the Christ (John 3:16). Jesus came to bless, save and soothe his children. We can all have him as our Lord, if we will give our lives to him (Romans 5:6-11).
“He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9, NKJV).
When Jesus was born, he became one of us (Matthew 1:23). He was God in the flesh so he could become the sacrifice to take away the sins of the world (John 1:14; Hebrews 9:13-14).
Jesus was “in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). A trip through the gospels clearly shows the love, compassion and hope he had for mankind. He hungered for us to choose the right path and follow him.
The baby in the manger was of God but was given to man. Yet, God would have him back (Acts 1:9). If we become members of Christ’s body, the Church, we would be his family (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19) and receive all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3).
At the same time, Jesus did not come to be owned or manipulated. We cannot change who he is or the Word he delivered (John 12:48). His words come from heaven and they were settled before time ever began (Psalm 119:89).
People teach error about Christ, when they have no right to do so. They misrepresent his Word to help their own political or social causes. Yet, they sin because they have no ownership over the Lord and will be accursed by God (Galatians 1:6-9).
People seem to think that Jesus continues to be the innocent baby that can be manipulated, used and discarded. However, they are sadly mistaken and will face an eternity of regret and fire (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:14-15).
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).
We must submit to Christ and treat his Words with the deepest respect and reverence. Coming to Christ with the proper mindset and humility, the Savior will be ours for all eternity and that is worth saying no our sinful, fleshly desires.
Christ is the Lord, not a toy. The sooner we realize that, the better off we will be.