Rom. 3:23) "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Have you ever asked yourself what this verse means? Well, what it means is that because you are a human being no matter how good or righteous you think you are, because of your sin, your righteousness and glory fall short of the righteousness and glory required to get you into heaven. That’s why God sent Jesus into the world, so that he could do for us that which is impossible for us to do ourselves. In the Old Testament, God gave the world the ten commandments. They were given not to save man, but rather to explain to man why and how it is that he falls short. (Rom. 3:20) "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” You see, from birth man is condemned because of the sin of Adam and Eve. He therefore needs God's help to cover his sins, and to be made righteous enough to go to heaven. So, God sent His sinless Son Jesus to die in our place. By shedding his blood on the cross, he paid the death penalty that we owed for sin, making all who trust in him pardoned from their sin and righteous. It was God’s plan that Jesus be the justifier of man, by shedding his innocent blood. "To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus (Rom. 3:26)." Thus, enters our Faith. According to the Bible, all that is required to gain Jesus’s righteousness is to by Faith believe and trust in what he did on the cross, and then ask God for salvation. Salvation therefore is impossible without Christ. No Jesus equals no salvation.
(Matt. 2:11) “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts;...” Christmas is all about the giving of gifts ; God gave the world Jesus (Jn.3:16), and here we see the wise men giving gifts as well. I think that in many ways, gifts are the real reason that the world enjoys Christmas time, but to those of us that understand God’s purpose in sending His Son Jesus, we love this season for a different reason. The Biblical account doesn’t say how many wise men came from the east seeking Jesus, but it does tell us that they gave three different types of gifts; 1) Gold . In Jesus’ day gold was given to honor new kings, and to increase their wealth. Gold also represents the very best that God had to give to us but also the very best man should give to God. 2) Frankincense was the incense burned in the temple of Solomon. It represented praise, pra