PLUM Pastoral Message
CHRISTMAS IS THE SEASON OF GIVING Ė WHAT GIFT WILL YOU SHARE?
ďOut of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess weíre in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin.Ē Romans 3:24-25 (The Message)
The greatest gift youíve ever been given wasnít bought in a store. No cash exchanged hands. It wasnít even wrapped. Yet it cost the Giver everything.
The Bible says God sent his Son to Earth to give you the greatest gift ever. He came to Earth to dieóso that you could be made right with God. Romans 3:24-25 says, ďOut of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess weíre in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin.Ē (The Message)
So why did Jesus have to die? Letís go back to the basics of peoplesí problem and Godís solution.
Will you accept Godís gift of salvation? Have you accepted Godís free gift yet? Have you been baptized yet? Itís one thing to understand the basics of how to have a relationship with Jesus. Itís another to accept the gift. Godís free gift Ė Jesus Christ, is the greatest gift to humanity. He is our redemption and salvation. As THE GREATEST to us, we are also given the privilege to share Christ with our families, friends, neighbors and strangers. Will you share Christ with your family and friends this Christmas? Will you give your family and friends Godís redemptive gift this Christmas? Hereís the promise of this marvelous gift: ďBehold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!Ē (John 1:29 (ESV)
Redemption is when somebody pays for your sins so that you can be forgiven and walk away justified. They do your time. They pay your penalty. All the things youíve done wrong are paid for by somebody else. Thatís what God did for humanity in His gift given to us in Christ Jesus on Christmas day. Jesus didnít just come to Earth at Christmas. He also lived a perfect life so that his sacrifice was enough to satisfy Godís judgment. All of our sins were paid for on the cross. And that is the reason for this season!
Christmas comes with the best news everóand a choice: What are you going to do with Jesus this Christmas?
My challenge for all PLUM families this Christmas is for us to share Christ with our families and friends. Pass on this GOOD NEWS of Godís redemption and salvation to the world. Be the giver of the greatest gift and change lives forever.
Pastor Alexander Y. Sumo, on behalf of the PLUM Pastoral Team
Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM), 405 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110 412-466-7773