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9 years 6 months ago #199349 by Sentient One
Thomas Watson wrote "Sin has turned beauty into deformity and the wicked take more care to have sin covered than cured"

The heart...the true heart of Christmas can be summed up in these four verses of Scripture:
Matthew 1:21 - "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
1 John 3:5 - "And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins..."
1 John 4:14 - "we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world"
1 Timothy 1:15 - "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners..."

During this time of the year we get really caught up in the peripheral attraction of Christmas. Christmas cards are being sent out, lunches planned, gifts exchanged etc. We wrap ourselves with the "beauty" of Christmas, yet it would be more meaningful for the wrapping to be ripped off, even for just a brief moment, to expose the ugliness behind it all...Sin - the real reason for Christmas.

Christ was born for the very reason - to be the Saviour who would deliver men from sin. IF there were no sin, there would be no Christmas, so the two go hand-in-hand and there is really no hiding behind the fantasy and smokescreen created by Christmas cards etc. It is sin that should come to the forefront.

Everyone dies, in one way or another, as a result of sin. You can pick up any newspaper and look at reports of disasters, or murders or accidents etc and you can see that people die. People often times question why God would allow this...the answer is sin. And ever since sin entered the world, men have died and will continue to, both spiritually and physically. Romans 6:23 confirms that the wages of sin is death BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ came into the world to save us from our sins. It is a degenerative 'disease' making us susceptible to all kinds of illness, disaster, death and hell, and like I said earlier - the reason for Christmas. If God, who is infinitely holy, is to bring man to himself, then sin must be dealt with, and for this reason Jesus Christ came into the world.

"This is a faithful [true] saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners..."

So what is sin? In simple terms 1 Johmn 3:4 says "...for sin is the transgression of the law." It is living as if there is no God and no law, no authority or standard...much like we do today - denying the reality of God's law. Sin says that God id not in charge and cannot impose any binding rules. Its living beyond the bounds God has set, thinking, speaking and beviour that is unacceptable to God. And God has given us his law. It is written in our hearts according to Romans 2 and given to us in holy scripture. Romans 7:12 says "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good."

Other than man's desire to live his life by his own rules, there is no sane reason to violate God's law. All of God's law is for our good, our happiness our salvation, but we are fools. We defy the beauty of God has provided within the frame of obedience to his law and have overstepped the boudary into the quagmire of our own sin and we cannot save ourselves.

"This is a faithful [true] saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners..."

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