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John 3:16 – God so Loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son Jesus, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.

 

It was Christmas Eve and I was nine years old. A seasoned veteran at opening gifts and I couldn’t wait to demonstrate my skill set again in front of the family. This year, I got a really big gift from my Aunt and I was ecstatic. I opened the box and reached for what appeared to be a handle. Cautiously, I pulled it out of the box. It was oddly similar to a frying pan. All my family bursted out in laughter, cheering, and I recall my mom shouting “...and I needed a new frying pan too!” 

 

Christmas is so much bigger than a disappointing gift. Fortunately, we celebrate Christmas for a superior gift that God gave to us!

 

The Bible says that God so LOVED the world,  that He GAVE His only Son. John 10:10 says“ I came to give life and life more abundantly!”  A life that enjoys the fullness of His blessing and favor when you walk with Him and is about conquering sin and death! 

 

So is eternal life the meaning of Christmas? Well, it’s not just the gift we are excited about, but also the One who gave the gift.

 

Isaiah the prophet prophesied, “Therefore the Lord will give you a sign: Behold, the Virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call him Emanuel which translates means “God is with us.” God could pick any name for Jesus but he picked Emanuel - God is with us. Why? Because it reveals that God’s desire is to have a mutual relationship with you. Out of this whole thing, Jesus becoming flesh, touched by our infirmities and weakness as a man, dying on the cross for our sins, He gets only one thing out of it: You! Mutuality of relationship with you! 

 

His extravagant love for us is unparalleled and the invitation to live and experience that with God is made available to us, starting with the birth of Jesus Christ. So when people asked me what Christmas is to me, I start by telling them, “Christmas is the about the greatest love story ever.”

 

Merry Christmas, 
John Duong

Posted in: Weekly Bulletin

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