December 2015. This is the time of year when most people are thinking about buying gifts for Christmas.
As a general rule, people want to buy the most expensive gifts that they can afford for their loved ones.There are, however, some items in the world that are said to be “priceless”, such as certain jewels, old paintings, etc.
The Protestant Christian Bible New Testament tells us of a TRULY PRICELESS GIFT!
Romans 6:23 KJV – 23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV – 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
John 3:16 NKJV – 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
What is the real meaning of Christmas? How did it originate? IT ALL BEGAN WITH THE BIRTH OF JESUS! Without JESUS there would be no Christmas. In reality, without JESUS, you are not really celebrating Christmas, but only family traditions. In the word Christmas, “Christ” is for Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Like most people, Norman and I enjoy the traditions of Christmas, such as decorating our home and giving gifts.
However, the real meaning of Christmas is in the knowledge of Jesus being born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit of God, and sent by God the Father to be the Savior of ALL PEOPLE of the world.
Our JOY of celebrating Christmas is because we have the personal experience of being spiritually born again, which is the purpose of Jesus’ coming to earth. One has to be spiritually born again to enter heaven.
The world says there are many pathways to heaven, but that is a LIE OF THE DEVIL! JESUS IS THE ONLY SAVIOR, THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN! The Protestant Christian Bible New Testament says that God does not want anyone to perish (go to hell). God loves all people, and has therefore made a way for them to go to heaven.
However, it does not happen automatically. You will not go to heaven just because you are a good person, or because you go to church. Even though God loves all people, He also has given man freewill.
You can choose to repent, which means to ask God to forgive you for your sins (with a sincere heart), and surrender your heart and life, your will to Him. At that time, you begin to follow Jesus, obeying all the teachings of the Protestant Christian Bible New Testament. Because of your freewill, you can also choose to continue your own way of life, ignoring God and His Mercy and Grace which are extended to you out of His love. If you do, BE ASSURED YOU WILL GO TO HELL. HELL IS NOT A MYTH. IT IS AS REAL AS HEAVEN. MOST PEOPLE CHOOSE TO BELIEVE IN HEAVEN, BECAUSE THEY WANT TO GO THERE. AND CHOOSE TO BELIEVE HELL IS NOT REAL BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO GO THERE. YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO DECIDES YOUR FINAL DESTINATION!
Matthew 13:47-50 NKJV – 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, 48 “which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. 49 “So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, 50 “and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Missionary Selma Oetker, St.Charles MO, U.S. December 2015
Norman Oetker Protestant Christian Missionary served in: US., Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, and now in Saint Charles Missouri