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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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December 2, 2013 - Christmas Is About Salvation

By Ron Johnson

"You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21, ESV).

In the midst of our holiday festivities and the repeated Christmas carols reminding us of the angels' joyful message to the shepherds of "peace on earth and good will toward men," we can forget the subject at the core of the entire Christmas story — our sin.

Through our father Adam, we have inherited a fallen human nature and are under the curse of sin. The apostle Paul writes, "Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned" (Romans 5:12). As such, the human race finds itself in a terminal condition. Our account is charged with sin. We are sinners by nature as well as by choice.

However, the entrance of sin did not take God by surprise. Even before Adam's sin, God had a plan. Jesus Christ, from before the foundation of the world, offered himself to be our redeeming sacrifice to atone for sin (1 Peter 1:19-21). When He came to earth, it was for the express purpose to offer His divine life as our redeeming sacrifice.

Paul continues in Romans: "But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:15-17).

This Christmas, if you have put your faith in Christ, may you live in the renewed joy and assurance of your forgiveness and of your acceptance within the family of God. As you sense the Holy Spirit's guidance and encouragement, take these next weeks to share your salvation story with friends and loved ones in need of a Savior.

Christmas is about salvation!

— Ron Johnson, a freelance writer, is retired from the Assemblies of God National Leadership and Resource Center.




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