Dear Friends and Family,
This was sent to me by a dear friend. It is the story of the crucifixion in a nutshell. I learned the “real horribleness of the crucifixion” years ago, thanks to Kay Arthur of Precept Ministries International. So many times in society, it is “prettied up and sanitized”. But it wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t sanitized. The gift that started on Christmas and ended on the cross cost Christ everything. He suffered in ways that we can’t even imagine. I’m glad that our church always includes the crucifixion in the Christmas Pageant because without the crucifixion, the manger scene would have been in vain.
Oh, the pain that it took to buy back just one human soul. And the love that was required is unfathomable to me. I don’t think I’ve even grasped it still yet. As we go through this season, please take the sixty seconds that it takes to read the description below. Not only will it educate some of you who didn’t realize the severity of it, but it will also bring greater meaning to the gift that was STARTED with the manger, was paid for with the CRUCIFIXION and only made permanent and valid with the RESURRECTION.
So Christmas is just the start of a season of remembrance which only comes to an end at Easter. For those of us who have Jesus living in us, the celebration never ends. As this world moves more and more away from our Lord, we, the true followers of Him, the Church, His bride, need to be bold witnesses of what God did for us through His Son Jesus Christ all the time but especially from Christmas through Easter. Let’s see if we can live out loud for Jesus, as a friend reminded me so effectively a few days ago. (Thanks, Beth!) If we the church would be the church outside the church walls, how this world would change!
I’ll be praying that you will aspire to this. Would you please pray for my family that we will do the same?
Have a blessed Christmas and don’t feel let down when the celebration is over, because EASTER IS COMING AND THAT MEANS THE RESURRECTION WHICH SEALED OUR ETERNITY.
Spread the word. The hour is later than you think!!!! And as cold as I am when I sit here composing this, I am reminded that hell is hotter than I can ever imagine. So let’s have a huge awareness and continued celebration throughout this season from Christmas to Easter. We could change the world if we would!!
Love from my family to all of you during the season to come. If you are receiving this, know that you are deeply loved. My computer crashed so many of my friends are still not on my mailing list. Feel free to duplicate this and send it on. The message is vital!
Merry Christmas and Happy Easter! Maranatha..even so come Lord Jesus!!!
Karen, Bill and Bryan
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