Jesus is the greatest news possible! We each need to receive this and then to share it with everyone possible. The sickness from sin in our lives is far more serious than we ever knew. There is nothing casual about it. Sin will not just linger in the back of our minds. It launches forward to dominate us in how we think and what we do. So many lives are controlled by the evil that sin brings and is then seeking by most to be rationalized.

The reason that Jesus came from Heaven’s eternity and down to mankind was to provide the only possible way that each person could be forgiven for their sin and then live forever with God in Heaven.

Jesus told Zacchaeus and others in Jericho: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Once we each become Christ’s and no longer depend upon vanishing falsehood, we then have the greatest truths to give others from our hearts.

Jesus tells His men, and primarily Thomas, in John 14: “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). All of mankind, no matter what the age they begin to realize their sin and the departure from God, must seek to then return to the way, the truth and the life. To think that any of us could do our best in being better and better without Christ is ridiculous! Humanity is so involved and complex that we will never understand fully and then get things good enough on our own to deserve Heaven forever.

The “Good News” for us at this time of Christmas again enters our hearts. It cannot be fully preached and explained and shown. Each of us must hear and read and then see it in others that we determine it to be in our heart and lives forever. It is seriously free to take and yet freely serious to then yield day by day into our lives more and more. Christ explains that it is not simply a mild suggestion, but rather a serious commission like none other. How sad it would be for someone to not have Jesus Christ in their hearts and lives and then to leave this world into the next. That personal determination can be changed and reversed right now, so that you and I can truly count on God’s Word and go to Heaven instead of Hell.

When our hearts are then open to Jesus Christ as personal Savior, we can say words in prayer something like: “Dear Jesus, thank you for loving me and dying on the Cross to save me, like any person from their sins. I have sinned and repent of them. Trusting the Bible’s Words, I then ask that you would forgive me and make me your child. Help me to thank and serve you forever, Amen.”

Our prayer each day then ought to rehearse for our heart this new and wonderful truth God has given His children. Our goal now is to serve with our lives what God did for us over 2,000 years ago. The number of years makes our expectations of the future even more meaningful.

A Christmas song that speaks to us as well as to the Israelites is “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” It is from a Latin 12th-century hymn and translated by John M. Neale. Being arranged by Mr. Eldon Burkwall, the words of verse one are:

“O come, O come Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.”

This is a rejoicing song for Christmas because we understand from the Bible that Christ gave it completely so that each of us could then go through Him today in this life and then forever into Heaven one day.

Our next verse reviews:

“O come, O come Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.”

The laws given in the Old Testament show us the impossibility now of any person to sinlessly last all through this life. Mankind needed then to repent and yield to God. Matthew wrote about Mary: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). That is exactly what we each need today! Now our song moves forward:

“O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell thy people save
And give them vict’ry over the grave.

O come, Thou dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
O drive away the shades of night —
And pierce the clouds and bring us light.”

The song is bringing our thoughts now up to the reason for Christmas! Verse four says:

“O come, thou key of David, come
And open wide our heavenly home
Where all Thy saints with Thee shall dwell —
O come, O come Emmanuel!”

The chorus:

“Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.”

Every person able to choose is given the wonderful ability to take Jesus into their life as personal Savior! We who have asked Him in serious prayer can have nothing wonderful beyond that. God has extended to us all this gift that gives forever!